Duke alumni and friends connect in St. Louis

The Office of Gift Planning gathers local supporters at the Westwood Country Club

On Wednesday, March 27, Duke’s Office of Gift Planning partnered with Gregg ‘79 and Susan Berdy to host an evening reception at the Westwood Country Club in St. Louis, MO. It was a pleasure to host over 30 Duke alumni and friends for cocktails and conversation.

Our keynote speaker, Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D., is the chief operating officer for the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). The mission of DIBS is to promote interdisciplinary brain science and translate discoveries into solutions for health and society.

Dr. Schramm-Sapyta discussed her research on the causes and consequences of drug addiction and more specifically, the opioid epidemic in America. Following Dr. Schramm-Sapyta’s remarks, there was a lively question and answer session spanning issues of policy, legality and science.

The Office of Gift Planning hosts this and other regional events as a way to thank Duke donors and members of the Duke Heritage Society. The Duke Heritage Society honors alumni and friends who have made planned gifts – such as bequests, IRA designations, or charitable gift annuities – to benefit Duke University.

Your generous support helps ensure that the university will continue to provide superior education, conduct groundbreaking research, and tackle the world’s most challenging issues for generations to come. On behalf of all of us at Duke, thank you for your commitment to this special place.

To learn more about supporting the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences with a planned gift, please contact Duke’s Office of Gift Planning.

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About the author

Anne Bradley


Anne helps donors and their professional advisors understand and consider charitable gifts that require some measure of tax, legal or financial planning. Anne’s work includes charitable gift and tax issues related to estates, trusts, life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, real estate and other complex gift arrangements. Prior to joining Duke, Anne managed corporate, foundation, and government fundraising for the Detroit Zoological Society. When she’s not at work, Anne roams like Roosevelt visiting our nation’s National Parks.