Mickey Zitzmann '94
If you are reading this, you may be considering doing something very special for Saint Andrew's School. Why? Why would you leave Saint Andrew's in your estate plans? The answer: You will change a child's life!
Imagine this…there is a bright, young boy growing up in a town near Boca Raton. At the core, he is a good kid. He excels in the classroom and out on the playing fields. That said, he is still very impressionable. The public middle school he attends is rough, to say the least, and this boy loves to be around the "action," which has its pitfalls. The boy's father, who grew up very poor on the streets of Detroit, starts to see the red flags. Knowing that his son is smart, has a lot of potential, and is headed down the wrong path, he decides to apply for his son to attend Saint Andrew's School. However, there is one problem… dad can't afford the tuition.
How sad would that be if the story ended there. Well, the good news is that it didn't. Thanks to the generosity of others, like YOU, Saint Andrew's gave this child an opportunity to better his life by attending a school that would nurture him in Mind, Body, and Spirit. Saint Andrew's was the best thing that could have happened to this kid. Grateful for the opportunity, this young man took full advantage of the phenomenal faculty, coaches, and administrators at SAS and reached his potential in all three aspects of the school's mission. MIND: he graduated in the top 10% of his class. BODY: he captained the school's state-ranked basketball team. SPIRIT: he won the Saint Andrew's Medal, the top award given at commencement. After graduating from Saint Andrew’s and despite being only 5'6" tall, he realized his childhood dream of playing for the University of Michigan Men's Basketball Team; an achievement he credits to the school and SAS basketball coach, John O'Connell (Johnny O).
This is just one of many stories over the years that demonstrates how Saint Andrew's School made a difference in a student's life. I am partial to this particular story, however, because I was the boy in this story. As a matter of fact, this is also the story of my twin brother, Andy. We are both very proud and grateful graduates of the Class of 1994. In this case, Saint Andrew's changed two lives!
It goes without saying that I have always felt indebted to Saint Andrew's School. As honored as I felt to be a part of the student body, I was equally honored to have returned to our community in 2011 as an employee. Initially, I was tasked with building the school's Planned Giving Program. Then in 2015, I was asked to take on the role of Director of Resident Life. What a blessing! My involvement has brought me full circle...first by building endowment to attract and financially support the best students and now by helping to shape these talented young people into tomorrow’s leaders.
Therefore, I am starting with myself. Out of respect for the donors who came before me and as a tangible demonstration of my appreciation for Saint Andrew's influence on my family, I decided to include the school in my estate plans. It was an easy decision and an even easier process to execute my gift. I simply called my Retirement Management Firm and added Saint Andrew's School as a beneficiary to my retirement account. Since these funds grow free of taxable income, therefore, the least desirable to give to heirs who will pay significant taxes as beneficiaries. Saint Andrew’s, on the other hand, can receive the full amount without tax obligation. In this way, I am fulfilling my philanthropic obligation to a school that gave me so much and while also taking care of my family.
Our visionary founder, Reverend Hunter Wyatt-Brown said, "We will not stop until Saint Andrew's School becomes one of the finest institutions in the country." Let's come together and fulfill our forefather's dream. Saint Andrew's changed my life. By including Saint Andrew's in my estate plans, I will help change the lives of future Scots. I love my Alma Mater and thank God for the opportunity. Please join me.
- Mickey Zitzmann '94
Capital Giving Officer