Robert C. McDonald Scholarship Fund

The Robert C. McDonald Scholarship Fund was established in 2006. A grant is made each year to a graduating, college-bound senior at John Jay High School, Katonah, who has shown a commitment to community service.

This scholarship is given by the local choral group Westchester Oratorio Society (WOS) in memory of Bob McDonald- beloved friend, founder, treasurer and "chief-of-staff" of the Society. In addition to Bob's many years of devoted service to the chorus, as a long-time resident of South Salem, he gave of himself to many other community organizations as well.

The award is intended for a student who has demonstrated similar spirit in serving his or her community. (Preference may be given to a student who has excelled in music, but community service will be the key criteria in granting the award.)

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Dear Friend of the Westchester Oratorio Society,  WOS depends upon the generous support of people like you to help make possible the production of our high quality concerts. Your donation goes only toward production costs, as chorus members and administrative personnel are all volunteers. Your tax-deductible* contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, The Board of Directors

Levels of Giving

    Friend $25 - $49
    Supporter $50 - $99
    Donor $100 - $249
    Patron $250 - 499
    Sponsor $500 - $999
    Benefactor $1,000 - $4,999
    Partner $5,000 - $9,999
    Conductor's Circle $10,000 or more

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Check or Credit Card


    Please print out our Contribution Form and mail to:
    Post Office Box 6
    South Salem, NY 10590
    (Please make your check payable to Westchester Oratorio Society)

Credit Card

    You can make your gift to WOS by Visa or MasterCard. See above for instructions.
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The Westchester Oratorio Society is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and as such all contributions are tax deductible. A copy of the organization's latest annual report may be obtained upon request, or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271

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Member Dues

Effective September 1st, 2013, the yearly dues will be $200.

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Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching gift programs to their employees and families. You may be able to double the impact of your gift if your employer participates in a matching gift program. Please obtain the request form from your employer's human resources department and send it to WOS at PO Box 6, South Salem, NY 10590.

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Planned Giving

Another way to make a gift to the Westchester Oratorio Society is to include WOS in your will or name WOS as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. A bequest is deductible for federal estate tax purposes. A bequest can be made by creating a new will, adding a codicil to your existing will, or naming WOS as a beneficiary of a revocable trust, retirement plan, or life insurance policy.

A recent change in the tax laws permits people age 70½ and older to give up to $100,000 per year from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income taxes on the money. Regardless of age, there are many other options for donating to WOS with beneficial tax consequences. Consult your attorney or tax advisor.

Also, the law firm of Casper & Fischer LLP in Mt. Kisco (Tom Casper 914 242 4900) has graciously agreed to offer a free consultation to those wishing to explore a planned gift to WOS.

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Gifts of highly appreciated stock are another method of making a gift and a way to possibly avoid capital gains taxes. Stock may be donated electronically or stock certificates may be signed over to WESTCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY.

Securities Held by a Bank or Broker

If your securities are with a bank or broker, you can transfer your shares to WOS by Depository Trust Company (DTC) wire by completing our Transfer Letter, and sending it to your broker and submitting a fax copy to Rex Coons at 212 626 8816. (Please Note: It is extremely important that you notify us by faxing Rex. The securities cannot be sold until the donor has been identified. Also, we need your name and address for tax deduction and acknowledgement purposes). For further information you can contact Rex by telephone at 800 458 1764 or via email at

Securities Held by You

If the physical certificates are in your possession, please call Rex for instructions on delivering them to WOS account (telephone at 800 458 1764 or via email at

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