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Vickie Costa and Carl Zydney

Vickie Costa and Carl Zydney


 
Many people who come to the Museum find the answers to questions they have about astronomy and evolution. Vickie Costa and Carl Zydney came to the Museum and found each other. Vickie started at the Museum as an earth and space explainer in 1999 while Carl started in the exhibitions department the following year. They married in 2002 and have been volunteers at the Museum ever since. To support the Museum, they recently funded a charitable gift annuity, which reduces their taxes and pays them a fixed income for the rest of their lives. “You learn something new every day when you work at the Museum,” says Carl. “The Museum is a wonderful intellectual environment. It has blossomed over the years and just seems to keep getting better and better.” “Years ago, parents brought their kids to the Museum. Now, it seems as though the kids bring their parents here,” adds Vickie. “We love telling visitors about the Museum’s 200 scientists and 40 curators. Most people don’t realize how much cutting-edge science goes on here.”

Wayne Mones

Wayne Mones


 
Growing up in Queens, Wayne Mones remembers coming to the Museum as a seven-year-old boy. He still has the book, Anthropology for Young People, which his father bought him in the gift shop. That book sparked Wayne’s lifelong interest in evolution. Wayne managed the planned giving department at the National Audubon Society where he worked for 27 years. Now that he’s retired, Wayne is a teaching volunteer in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Hall of Biodiversity and the Sanford Hall of North American Birds. When it came time to revise his will, Wayne named the Museum as a beneficiary of his retirement plan. “I never knew how great the Museum was until I started volunteering here. I now have a second life,” he says. “I’m proud to support the Museum’s commitment to education.”

Susie Hochenberg

Susie Hochenberg


 
Susie Hochenberg has enjoyed volunteering at the Museum’s information desks for almost ten years. Her roots at the Museum are deep. When she was a child, her parents took her to see travel films and special events in what is now the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater. At the age of six, she climbed the stage to try on a huge Inuit walrus-tooth necklace. Her son, Malcolm, and husband, Bill, have also spent many hours exploring the Museum. “The camaraderie with other volunteers and members of the Jesup Society is special,” says Susie. “That’s why I’ve selected the Museum to be a beneficiary of my retirement plan. I want to benefit future generations of students at the Museum.”

Celia Paul and Stephen Rosen

Celia Paul and Stephen Rosen


 
Growing up in New Jersey, Celia Paul was interested in science, but in those days, she says, “women couldn’t have careers in science.” She pursued a career in social work, but her interest in science was re-energized when she married Stephen Rosen, a physicist. Celia and Steve are passionate about science education and energetically support the Museum’s work educating children. “The passion the Museum engenders in children is amazing,” says Celia. Steve and Celia have included the Museum’s Asimov Memorial Debate in their estate plans. Each year, under the auspices of Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson, the finest minds in the world come to the Museum to debate questions concerning the frontier of scientific discovery. “The Asimov Memorial Debate educates people about science in a unique and interesting way,” says Steve, “and we’re proud that our support will help it continue for many years as part of our legacy.” 

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