A Lasting Legacy
Janice Benzenhoefer cared.
A lifelong Spanish teacher, she was often greeted by “Hola Señorita Benzenhoefer!” in restaurants, grocery stores, and on the sidewalk by former CMS and Charlotte Country Day School students. She remembered each one.
Her younger brother David Hamley recalls growing up together near Pittsburgh. The family learned early about taking care of one another, as their father lived with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and passed away when David was a teen. Jan’s husband Albert became a mentor to David, teaching him to wax a car and tie a necktie.
Janice and Al moved to Charlotte fifty years ago. When Al developed Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia, they found their way to MMC.
“Janice deeply appreciated everything MMC did for them both. The staff and doctors dealt with Al’s condition, but they also made sure Janice had the support she needed, even after Al passed away,” David remembers.
In March, Janice was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, and she asked David to help with her estate planning. She wanted to include a donation to MMC.
Because Janice had several tax-deferred assets – including her pension and 401(k) – David suggested she name MMC and other organizations she chose to support as designated beneficiaries of these assets. Upon her death the designated funds were sent to each nonprofit without any probate requirements or tax implications.
“When you have a good experience with an organization like Memory & Movement Charlotte and you have the ability to leave a gift, you do it,” David explains. “I wasn’t surprised. She cared about MMC because the people there cared about her family. Caring is her legacy.”