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Robert "Bob" Sceals '73
A member of the last class to go through the New Haven Restaurant Institute and the first to graduate from Hyde Park, Bob came to the CIA under the GI Bill as a handicapped veteran.
First and foremost, I am tremendously proud of the CIA, and the opportunities it provided me. When you leave the CIA, there are so many avenues you could take in the foodservice industry and with a CIA degree, you're always able to find work and job security. Second, the school is a glorious place with a prestigious name. However it has lots of competition. I give back so that the CIA can remain the best. There is no other cooking school in the world that you can graduate from and be seen not only as a chef, but as a leader. I am extremely proud to call myself an alumnus. Lastly, I'm motivated to give because of the ethics and values my professors taught me. I was told to be honest and work hard and it will pay off. That was absolutely true! The school is honest with you and stands behind its word.
I believe it's part of human nature to help out your fellow comrades and I truly believe in charity. It's part of completing the circle. The CIA has given me so many opportunities and I want to make sure that others get to have the same experiences as I did. In my lifetime, I have been able to showcase my skills to so many individuals, teaching them tricks and techniques along the way to help them better their craft. A chef never gives away all his secrets, but to be able to teach someone something that you learned is an incredible feeling. I would not have been able to do that without the skills I learned at the CIA.
I've been working very closely with the Planned Giving division of the Advancement Office to leave a charitable bequest to the school. This is the best way for me to ensure that the CIA continues to provide students with the education they deserve. I also give back to the CIA by sharing my pride in the school with friends, family, and others in the industry. Alumni must be proud of their school and need to help each other out. I let everyone know how much respect the CIA has for the craft and for its students.
A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.
You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to CIA as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to CIA as a lump sum.