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Gilda’s LaughFest (March 6-16, 2014) will kick off its fourth annual event with the most ambitious line-up of comedy talent yet.  Some familiar names will join with newcomers to bring a large dose of laughter to Grand Rapids and West Michigan.  Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin and Sinbad will headline with Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan and Mike Birbiglia along with dozens of other stand-up comics at venues throughout Greater Grand Rapids.  In addition to the many live, on-stage performances, there will be a steady stream of activities for all to enjoy including the Funderwear Run and LaughteRx.  All will bring smiles and a much needed emotional lift to the community as we begin to thaw out from one of the hardest winters in recent memory.

I have been privileged to sit on the Gilda’s Club Board of Directors for several years and am further honored to serve as current Chairperson.  The Gilda’s Club Board oversees the mission of the West Michigan chapter and, through its sister organization, Living With Communities, the children’s grief program and Gilda’s LaughFest.  Nearly everyone knows someone, friend or family, who has been touched by cancer and its life-changing impact.  I have and am committed to assuring that others find the needed emotional support should that time come.

LaughFest was conceived and launched by the leadership team at Gilda’s Club as a means to increasing awareness of the Club’s mission and to provide a sustainable source of financial support for the entirely free services provided at its Grand Rapids and satellite clubhouse locations.  Gilda’s Club is a place where people confronted with cancer can find emotional support to cope with the traumatic impact of diagnosis, treatment and all that follows.

The Club is the legacy of Gilda Radner, one of the original and much loved cast members of “Saturday Night Live”. Gilda’s brave fight and untimely death from ovarian cancer was the impetus to creating a national network of Clubhouses where people on a cancer journey could come as they are to learn, share and laugh.

Each year the ten-day long event has begun with an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.   I ask you to join myself and other members of the Legacy team at 6:00 on Thursday evening, March 6th, where the community will gather at Rosa Parks Circle to begin the festivities and to beat the record for most people wearing sunglasses after dark.  The current record to beat is 1,642 participants set in July 2012, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  I know we will knock it out of the park!

You can also drop by LaughFest Central at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) to find great LaughFest gifts and logo wear and to get up-to-date event information.  You can also benefit Gilda’s Club by giving a “High Five” to volunteers stationed throughout the community.  Each five dollar donation will be matched by several generous corporate sponsors up to $50,000.

To learn more about what’s planned and how to join in the fun, visit the LaughFest website … and get your laugh on.


Legacy Trust and Your Right to Financial Privacy

At Legacy Trust we have established policies and practices that respect the financial privacy of all individuals who use our trust company. We believe it is critical to comply with the laws and regulations designed to secure your financial privacy. Your relationship with us as our client is very important to us, and we want you to understand our policies and practices about handling your information.

This Policy applies to you – This Policy applies to our relationships with individual clients who inquire about or obtain products or services from us for personal, family and household purposes.

Strict security measures – We take the security of information very seriously. We have established security standards and procedures to prevent access to client information. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to guard client information.

Limited employee access – We have established procedures to limit employee access to information to only those employees with a business reason for accessing such information. We educate our employees about the importance of confidentiality and client privacy. We take appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce employee responsibilities regarding client information.

Why we collect information – We collect information about you to:

  • accurately identify you;
  • protect and administer your records, accounts and funds;
  • help us design or improve our products and services;
  • understand your financial needs;
  • save you time when you apply for new products and services; offer you quality products and services; and comply with certain laws and regulations;

We collect information – We collect and maintain your personal information so that we can provide investment management and other services to you. The types and categories of information that we collect and maintain about you include:

  • Information we receive from you to open an account or provide investment advice or other services to you (such as your home address, social security number, telephone, financial information and investment objectives).
  • Information that we generate to service your account or from our transactions with you (such as account statements and other financial information).
  • Information on your transactions with nonaffiliated third parties.

We have established procedures so that the financial information we collect is accurate, current and complete. We are committed to work with you to promptly correct any inaccurate information.

Our selective sharing of information – In order for us to provide investment management and other services to you, we do disclose your personal information in very limited instances, which include:

  • Disclosures to nonaffiliated companies as permitted by law, including those who help us service your account (such as providing account information to brokers and custodians).
  • Other limited disclosures as permitted by law, for example, required reports to government entities.

We do not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. We do not sell your information.

Former clients – If you end your relationship with us, we will continue to adhere to the privacy policies and practices described in this notice.


Important Information About Procedures For Opening A New Account

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

What this means for you: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause; however, federal law prohibits us from waiving these requirements.

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