The Legacy Circle

There are many ways to support The Cedars through creative gift planning. By including The Cedars in your long-term plans, you can save income, capital gain, and/or estate taxes, turn an illiquid asset (such as real estate) into an income stream, and/or provide for the people you care for, all while creating your own legacy at and for The Cedars. Click here to learn about all of the planned giving vehicles available to our donors or here to find bequest language for your will.

Those friends who include The Cedars in their estate plans or who make another kind of planned gift are considered members of the Legacy Circle. This group of donors receives special recognition.

If you wish to discuss making a planned gift, please contact Tracy Ericson, Associate Director of Development at 207-221-7007 or

Meet our Donors:

Pauline Robishaw

Unexpected generosity from a longtime employee.

Pauline Robishaw joined the nursing staff at the Jewish Home for Aged in 1985 as an R.N., working on Segar II. She became assistant director of nursing in the late 1980s and held that position when we moved to Ocean Avenue campus in 1991. When the JHA employees raised money for the “Promises Kept” campaign in the late 1980s, she was among the first staff member to volunteer to help. “She loved The Cedars,” said her husband Ed Stowell. “She felt like it was home and had huge respect for the kind of people who work there and how they lived up to the institutional mission. She believed in The Cedars.”

Polly retired in 2000, but returned to The Cedars as a rehab patient several times. In her last years she had her hair done at the Salon and Day Spa at The Cedars every week. And all that time she watched what was happening as the Jewish Home became Cedars Nursing Care Center and then The Cedars, and as services and programs were added. She often shared with Kathryn Callnan, The Cedars President and CEO, just how proud of the organization she was. “Polly was a great employee and a wonderful colleague,” said Kathryn. “She really understood what we do here and how well we do it.”

Polly Robishaw was a 1956 graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing and attended Hunter College and New York University. She received her Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of New Brunswick, Canada (1971) and went on to earn her Master Degree in Education at the University of Southern Maine (1980). She worked for The Cedars for 15 years, retiring in 2000. She died in February 2012and true to her nature, never informed The Cedars that we were to be the beneficiary of a generous planned gift.

Polly named The Cedars as the beneficiary of an annuity. “We were astonished by this gift,” says Kathryn Callnan. “I knew Polly loved it here, and I knew that she was savvy when it came to money, but we had no idea that she could or wanted to leave such a generous gift to The Cedars.” Polly’s final gift to The Cedars leaves a legacy of support for our seniors for generations to come.