Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving celebrates the lives of our family and friends.


Arlingtonian, Rita Andelin passed away on May 7, 2017 at the age of 103. She was a loyal BMDC fan and rarely missed a performance.

Rita was born in Chicago, IL and in her formative years was shuffled around to family members, friends or even strangers before being placed on a train bound for Indiana at age nine. She eventually made her way back to Chicago and at 13 lived in the Chicago Home for the Friendless.

At age 19 she eloped and married John “Jack” Andelin and they went on to have three children, two of which died in infancy. During The Great Depression of the 1930’s, Rita focused her energy on helping others, making sandwiches for dust bowl refugees that would knock on her door. What she didn’t give away she shared with her neighbors in the hope of helping others in need.

Rita settled in California and eventually made her way to Virginia in 1984 to live near her adult son, John Andelin and daughter-in-law, Ginger Geoffrey. When she celebrated her 100th Birthday she wore a lapel pin that read, “I survived just about everything.” Rita embodies a life well lived and was a life-long learner. She valued education for all regardless of race, skin color, sexual orientation or religion.

We will miss Rita’s beautiful smile, her love of the arts and simple everyday acts of kindness!

Make a memorial gift in honor of Rita Andelin.

Dorothy was 93, a former longtime resident of Ovid, Florida who passed on December 24, 2010. She had gone to the theater to see the show Oliver just a few days before she passed. Dorothy was born on April 16, 1917 in New York City, a daughter of the late Malachy and Rosann (McGowan) McGloin. She graduated from St. Jean the Baptist Schools in NYC, and had worked as a telephone operator for the Congregational Ministries. She relocated to Ovid from Long Island in 1970, following her husband’s career path. She was a faithful communicant of Holy Cross Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, while also serving as a volunteer for the Ovid Food Pantry and Thrift Shop for more than 15 years. Dorothy was also a member of the 20th Century Club, and will be largely remembered for her work as a master seamstress, quilter and quilt teacher. She moved to Miami in 2006 and lived in the Palace Suites until her passing. Dorothy will be remembered for her love of the arts and the many friends she made along the way. In lieu of flowers, her family asked that you consider a donation to Bowen McCauley Dance Company in Dorothy’s memory.

Thomas Stanley Bowen of Indianapolis was Lucy’s Dad and a great source of inspiration to her and other family members. Tom was born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, July 24, 1924. After serving in the Navy as a torpedo man first class on the USS Bennion. He attended Carleton College where he earned a BA in Psychology (1950). After graduation, Tom was the Assistant Director of Admissions at Carleton College for five years. He worked until retirement as a manufacturer’s representative for Dick Bigler Associates, Inc., of Goshen, Indiana. Tom was a member of Meridian Street Methodist Church.

Tom was an avid golfer, wood worker, bible student, opera buff, and birder. In 1989, he became legally blind. This change in circumstances led him to become a dedicated listener to books on tape and to work as a volunteer at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Tom enjoyed greeting and stamping the hands of thousands of children who visited the museum. Throughout his life, family and friends appreciated his wonderful sense of humor.

Make a memorial gift in honor of Thomas Bowen.

Terry Holzheimer was a friend to Lucy almost from the start of Bowen McCauley Dance Company (1996). He was supportive of Lucy’s participation in Arlington’s arts incubator program and always generous with advice and introductions that would strengthen the organization.

At BMDC, we had a great appreciation for the value Terry saw in the performing arts and his commitment to the arts as an integral part of the local economy.

Most importantly, we saw Terry as a friend. His kindness, guidance, wisdom, and friendship will be greatly missed.

Make a memorial gift in honor of Terry Holzheimer.


Planning a future gift to Bowen McCauley Dance Company is an opportunity to make a lasting contribution and to show your eternal support with a gift that you plan today. It is an opportunity to convey your values through the creation of a future gift and a foresighted action to strengthen your favorite cause. We suggest two kinds of giving that you can create.

Beneficiary Designations to BMDC are as simple as completing a beneficiary form, with no cost to you and a minimum of time invested. These include beneficiary designations for bank accounts, stocks, bonds, IRAs, pension funds, life insurance policies, commercial annuities, and donor advised funds. Living Trusts or Will in Testament Bequests are an opportunity to make lasting contributions and to show your eternal support to Bowen McCauley Dance Company. Making a beneficiary designation or a bequest in a will or revocable living trust can help to reduce inheritance taxes. Some highly taxable assets, such as retirement plans, often make sense to donate to charity while leaving other assets to loved ones. Any percentage, part, or component of a bank account, brokerage account, savings bond, certificate of deposit, retirement account, trust, or life insurance policy can be directed to BMDC. Please join our Honor Circle so that we can remember your legacy and lasting kindness. For more information on how to make a bequest or beneficiary designation, CLICK HERE.