Karen and Charlie Agnew

Karen and Charlie Agnew have been part of the Napa community for more than 40 years—he in management for construction materials companies, she running her own decorating business. Together they raised four children here, and now have 10 grandchildren, with one great-grandchild on the way.

Through it all, there has been the Queen: One of their children was born at the hospital, while the others all had surgeries of one kind or another there.

"We know all of our doctors," Karen says. "It's wonderful to have the confidence that, no matter what happens to your family, there's a good place to take them that's close by."

The Agnews make regular donations to the Queen, as well as memorial gifts. But it was their financial adviser who suggested the idea of making a planned gift to the hospital. "Charlie inherited some stock from family, and the capital gains would have killed us," Karen says. "With a charitable remainder unitrust, we were able to receive not only a tax deduction, but also a regular income from our gift. It's not just a win-win—it's actually an incentive to give."

Charlie adds, "We feel it's important that we support the Queen to maintain its future and its high standard of care. This is one way in which everyone benefits."

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