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$77,000 bequest goes to MAC
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MONROE - A Monroe woman who died in March has left the Monroe Arts Center with the largest bequest it has received.

The Monroe Arts Center and the Arts Center Foundation on Tuesday announced they have received a combined gift from Lois Jacobs' estate totalling $77,000.

"Lois Jacobs was a contributing MAC member from 1996 onward," according to Julie Wilke, president of the MAC Board of Directors, "and she supported special projects at MAC but always anonymously. If we needed lighting fixtures or support for our student performances, Lois was there to help, but quietly without public acknowledgment."

Chuck Wellington, Jacobs' attorney, has a high regard for her thoughtful giving. He said, "Lois was a very philanthropically-minded individual who gave a great deal of thought to how her estate could impact the community for the good. Through thrift and savings she accumulated an estate that benefited many charities and organizations. She was very partial to the arts and would usually be seen at MAC events and performances. She would be very pleased to see the benefit of her bequests on the long-term health of MAC through its Foundation as well as other charitable enterprises. Her estate is a perfect example of what thoughtful planning can accomplish. She was a delight to work with."

Wilke said she feels privileged to be able to finally acknowledge publicly what a generous soul Jacobs possessed.

"Lois believed in the value of the MAC and what a great asset it is to the community," Wilke said. "She felt it enriched her life and all those who participated in its programs. She was especially happy for the work MAC does with children."