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Life, Death and Taxes for ALL

Chris Biecker of Moody Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory and Hammond George of United Way of Transylvania County discuss which crematory urns will be displayed at the upcoming “Life, Death & Taxes” event.

Everyone has to deal with life, death and taxes. The topics are challenging, and have long-lasting consequences. Planning ahead can reduce stress, and talking with experienced advisors can increase the odds that the processes are easier to deal with.

To help our neighbors in our community, United Way of Transylvania County and Transylvania Regional Hospital will present Life, Death and Taxes, Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the hospital’s lobby and Carlson Conference Room. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to tour 15 informational booths, receive take-home gifts, and register for door prizes at the event.

Presenting Partners:

Six local advisors will present a series of 15-minute presentations on a variety of planning issues. The talks begin at 11:15.

Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way, will present “Give help. Get help.” The focus will be on using community connections to lead a vital life. Her talk starts at 11:15.

Jessica McCall, Tax Administrator for Transylvania County, will talk on “Real and Personal Property Tax Implications of Death” at 11:30.

Cathleen Blanchard, Managing Partner and Funeral Director with Moore Funerals and Cremations, will discuss “How Your Memory Lives On” at 12:15.

Teri Redmond, Manager of Disease Management and Clinical Cardiology at Transylvania Regional Hospital, will present “Enjoying a Healthy Life” at 12:30.

Erica M. Erikson, Attorney at Law, PLLC, will speak on estate planning and elder law with “Estate Planning for Life and After” at 1:15.

Lana Reimann, MD, Hospice Medical Director for CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care, will present “5 Wishes and Advance Directives” at 1:30.

Blue Ridge Health staff will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings during the event.

Other Event Advisors:

Representatives from these additional organizations will be on hand to answer questions about Life, Death and Taxes during the event:

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory,

The Community Foundation of Henderson County,

Elk Haven Wellness Center,

College Walk Senior Living Community,

Food Matters Market,

Kingsbridge House,

Blue Ridge Community College, and

Brevard Yoga.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!