Cramer & Anderson Partner Joshua A. Weinshank, whose primary Practice Areas include Estate Planning and Elder Law, was recently named to the Associate Board of the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation.
Directors on the board partner with Foundation staff to advance charitable giving in support of the mission of the hospitals and their parent entity, Western Connecticut Health Network, explained Grace Linhard, Chief Development Officer for WCHN.
“These volunteers work to mobilize philanthropic support to benefit and advance the programs and services of Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital,” Ms. Linhard said. “The Foundation seeks contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations interested in supporting the hospitals and the Network. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and can be made in a variety of ways, including through annual appeals, special events, endowments, named opportunities for facilities, gifts in tribute, and corporate and matching gifts.”
“We’re similar to ambassadors for the hospitals in terms of raising awareness for new technologies, new programs or new departments,” said Attorney Weinshank, who works primarily in the firm’s Danbury office. “We’re educated by the hospital about new trends and technology so we can help educate the community.”
Part of the message in reaching out to donors and connecting them to the Foundation concerns the heightened importance of donations in a time when hospitals are under increasing financial pressure from both the federal and state governments.
“Raising money really does benefit the hospitals,” said Attorney Weinshank, describing how funds raised by the Foundation often go directly into new technologies, equipment, programs and departments.
The Associate Board also plays an active role in assisting with the hospitals’ major fundraising events, including the annual Rx for Fashion Gala and the WCHN Cancer Golf Tournament.
This year’s gala is scheduled for Oct. 28 at the O’Neill Center at Western Connecticut State University. “This high energy evening begins on the red carpet, ends on the dance floor and features fashions modeled by members of the Western Connecticut Health Network’s medical staff,” says the event page.
The WCHN Cancer Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 5, at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton; details are on the Danbury hospital website.
Attorney Weinshank makes community-minded activism a priority, and in 2016 he was appointed to the new Planned Giving Committee formed by Ability Beyond, the pioneering Bethel-based organization that “helps thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities discover their abilities and become a part of their communities.” In early 2017, Attorney Weinshank was named Co-Chair of the committee.
Elevated from Associate to Partner in December 2016, Attorney Weinshank advises clients on ways to effectively and efficiently preserve and create intergenerational wealth by addressing their tax and personal concerns. His experience in the area of probate law, and estate and trust administration, has earned him a winning record representing beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested probate proceedings in the Connecticut Probate Courts.
Attorney Weinshank lives in Ridgefield. He may be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at (203) 744-1234.
Cramer & Anderson has offices in New Milford, Danbury, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the website at www.crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.