Rochester Philharmonic supports national food drive

Posted on: February 18, 2009

In Monday’s (2/17) Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), Anna Reguero reports that the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra “will collect non-perishable food items and donate them to Foodlink in March, part of the League of American Orchestras program ‘Orchestras Feeding America National Food Drive.’ Anyone dropping off 10 items will receive a voucher for a pair of free tickets, choosing from any of the concerts in the Classical, Pops, Casual Sundays, OrKIDStra and Symphony 101 series. In a related act of community outreach, any current subscribers who are laid-off by a regional employer starting in January 2009 will have their subscription seats for next season held until Sept. 15. If at that point they are still unemployed, they will receive their subscription at no cost. ‘This community has supported this orchestra so generously for so many years through purchases of tickets, subscribing and donations,’ said Charlie Owens, president and CEO of the RPO. ‘The fact that they themselves are personally supporting us, if they lose their jobs at any point during 2009, we want them to know that the organization they care about cares about them, too.’ ”