Supporting Lifelong Learning

Supporting Elderhostel Through Gift Annuities

Bernie Bierman, who recently celebrated his 102nd birthday, has funded many charitable gift annuities and attended 28 Elderhostel programs.

In 2005, lyricist and composer, Bernie Bierman, released his fifth CD, Bernie's journey: the music of Bernie Bierman.

This CD is a compilation of his works spanning his musical career, starting in 1947. Included on the CD is Let me be the One, with lyrics written by Bernie and his close friend, the legendary Hildegarde.

Bernie's songs have been performed by Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye and other well known musicians.

"Lifelong learning and musical activities must have contributed to my longevity," Bernie admits. He calls it his "recipe that keeps him eternally young."

"Elderhostel has been a very important part of my life. I have gladly made annuity contributions to a most worthy cause - one that brings joy and learning to so many lives. I expressed my feelings in a song I wrote and performed at the Elderhostel 25th anniversary celebration in Baltimore titled The Elderhostel Family. I am proud to be a member of that wonderful family."

Bernie funded his first annuity when a "non-musical" CD matured in 1999. He has been so pleased with the quarterly income payments he receives that he funded several more in subsequent years.

If you would like more information on how to make a gift like Bernie's, please use our Planned Giving Calculator to calculate the income and tax benefits to which you may be entitled if you establish a charitable gift annuity with Elderhostel.

As with any matter of this nature, we suggest you consult your attorney or tax advisor. The information presented here is not intended to be legal or tax advice.

The lyrics of The Elderhostel Family, which Bernie performed for Elderhostel's 25th anniversary, are published in the Elderhostel Odyssey.

To receive a complete packet of information, including calculations personalized for your situation, please contact or call toll free (877) 737-0664.

Ann Lamond
Leadership and Planned Giving Officer
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111-1746
Toll free (877) 737-0664