Wells Fargo Answers Sac Philharmonic Appeal
Wells Fargo Donated $10,000 in Response to Sacramento Philharmonic Request for Help
Photo courtesy of Jasmin Iolani Hakes.
SACRAMENTO REGION – On April 12, the Sacramento Philharmonic launched a major campaign to bridge its funding shortfall. Board President and CEO David Nystrom announced that the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, which completed its 15th concert season on Sunday, April 1, may be forced to close its doors at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2012.
If $150,000 can’t be raised by May 1, the Board may take action to dissolve the corporation. An additional $150,000 would be needed by June 30 in commitments for the 2012-13 Season.
Response from the community included an immediate contribution by Wells Fargo on April 18 to support “See the Music, Hear the Art,” a program for children in transitional housing, shelters and hospitals that enables them to create art work inspired by listening to great works of music, both recorded and live.
Professional musicians from the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra perform at each site and interact with children and their families. In addition to introducing children to the beauty of live orchestral music, these musicians provide role models who can demonstrate the results of persistence and dedication.
Musicians encourage children to pursue their dreams and goals, especially education. The program has expanded over a three-year period and will culminate in an exhibit of the children’s art at the Crocker Museum in the summer of 2012.
Board President Nystrom expressed the Philharmonic’s gratitude. “Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter. We hope other businesses will follow their lead.” In the first three days since the announcement of its funding woes, contributions of more than $50,000 have poured in. Donors have mailed checks, contributed on line and telephoned to make contributions.
Media coverage in addition to public announcement have fueled interest in the future of the 15-year-old orchestra. Board Fundraising Chair Sandy Smoley smiled broadly, “We’re so gratified and excited at the community response.
With such support continuing, we have strong hopes of reaching our goals.” Keep This Valuable Resource in SacramentoContributions can be sent to the Sacramento Philharmonic, 2617 K Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816 and are tax-deductible as provided by law.
The Philharmonic is a Nonprofit Public Benefit 501 (c)3 organization. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Association, Inc. is the professional symphonic orchestra for the Sacramento region and receives support from a variety of regional and national sources, including the Sacramento Philharmonic Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Raley’s, Wells Fargo Foundation, Target and numerous individuals, businesses and foundations.