Elgin Symphony surpasses year-end fundraising goal

Posted on: January 18, 2012

In Monday’s (1/16) Daily Herald (Elgin, Illinois), Tara García Mathewson reports, “A better-than-expected fundraising campaign has the Elgin Symphony Orchestra on ‘stable’ financial footing to start the new year. The organization held a six-week ‘Stocking Stuffer Challenge’ in November and December in hopes of raising $100,000 from the community to be matched by the board of directors. By the end of the campaign, the ESO had raised $107,145—donations the 19-member board will match completely. Cheryl Wendt, the ESO development officer, said subscription sales for next season will start in February, which means the campaign fell in the middle of the orchestra’s operating season. … Several donors gave to the ESO for the first time during the fundraising effort, while others donated again after a years-long hiatus. Wendt said the monetary support by the ESO musicians and staff also exceeded expectations. … Jerry Cain, ESO board chairman and president of Judson University, said every member of the board of directors gives at least $5,000 each year. The group decided to go beyond that this year and ask the community to match their personal contributions.”

Posted January 18, 2012