Making a Lasting Impression
Claire H. Fairley has seen performing artists all around the world. So when the idea of building a performing arts center at UAB was discussed nearly 20 years ago, she knew she wanted to help.
Her initial involvement began with a contribution and the dedication of the lobby in memory of her late husband, Albert L. Fairley Jr., who shared her love for the performing arts. Once construction of the Alys Stephens Center was completed, Claire was elated. Her first ASC experience did not disappoint.
"The moment I walked in, I felt a special connection," Claire says. "The building turned out to be more than I could have imagined."
Through the years, Claire continues to be a regular at the ASC, enthusiastically attending hundreds of performances.
The ASC has become Claire's home away from home. "I have met incredible people who have become dear friends," she says. "And the staff is always welcoming."
Recently, Claire notified the ASC that she is including the performing arts center in her will.
She felt compelled to give something back to support the many programs that she has enjoyed in the past so others can enjoy them in the future.
Claire's estate gift will support the ASC's artistic endeavors and ArtPlay's education initiatives. To honor her generosity, the ASC plans to dedicate the Music Room at ArtPlay to Claire.
"My hope is that if we - along with others - give back enough through our wills, trusts and estate planning, our future will remain bright," says Elizabeth Ponder, UAB's director of planned giving. "Other families can reap the benefits of long-range planning."
At some point in our lives, each of us has a chance to impact the life of another. It may be through teaching a valuable lesson, communicating values or making a gift that endures beyond your lifetime. For more information about creating a legacy with the ASC, please contact Director of Planned Giving Elizabeth A. Ponder or ASC Director of Development Lili Anderson. You can also find a wealth of information on our website.