The Charles Downing Lay Society has been established to recognize those individuals who have made a bequest or planned gift to the Housatonic Valley Association.
One notable neighbor, land planner and visionary Charles Downing Lay, recognized early on how special our home is and how vulnerable our backyards are to intrusive development. He rallied like-minded friends to vigilance in pushing inevitable community growth away from our most precious natural areas. In 1941, he created the Housatonic Valley Association to continue this work long after he was gone.
Today, Lay’s dream is being realized through HVA’s team of volunteers and professional staff hard at work throughout the valley defending forests, fields and streams from indiscriminate development and pollution. We know that development pressure will only escalate in future years as surrounding urban areas reach capacity.
With a planned gift or bequest to the Charles Downing Lay Society, you can make a lasting gift to our river valley, one that will keep working on your behalf long into the future.
Legacies may be designated for "unrestricted" use or for a specific program area or department. Legacies greater than $10,000 may be designated for a specific purpose of your choice e.g. facilities, equipment, water protection, land preservation, etc.
A legacy gift of$25,000 or more may be designated to create a named endowment fund. Named funds can be created in memory of a loved one, to carry your own name, or to honor and recognize someone you respect. The annual spendable income from an endowed fund is defined by Foundation policy, which is available on request. Creation of such funds provides perpetual recognition for the person or persons names.
The following individuals are members of the Charles Downing Lay Society:
Chauncey C. Loomis, Jr.*