In its 125-year history, Henry Street Settlement, a social service group on the Lower East Side of New York City, has never seen a gift larger than what the 96-year-old lawyer from Brooklyn recently donated has – $ 6.24 million.
Close friends and relatives of Sylvia Bloom had no idea that she had amassed a fortune during the 67 years she worked for the same law firm before retiring at the ripe old age of 96. She died shortly thereafter in 2016 .
"She was a secretary at a time when she was leading the lives of her bosses, including her personal investments," said her niece Jane Lockshin. "So if the boss bought a stock, they would make the buy for him and then buy the same stock for themselves, but in a smaller amount because they were the salary of a secretary."
Nobody knew that the smart lady among three brokerages and eleven banks had won more than $ 9 million. "Oh my god, wait," said Ms. Lockshin, the executor of Ms. Bloom's estate. "I made it million and she never mentioned a word." I did not think she was anything but her own. "
Bloom has left some money for relatives and friends, but is more likely to go to scholarships than Ms. Lockshin's choice for needy students. Then she called Group Executive Director David Garza and asked him if he would sit down.
"We were all agape, just blown away," recalled Mr. Garza, who said the money would benefit the settlement's Expanded Horizons College Success Program, which helps students prepare for college and graduate. The gift was made in February.
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