Genesee Symphony and other groups receive $20K bequests from local gym teacher

Posted on: October 5, 2016

“A $20,000 bequest from the estate of a longtime Batavia physical education teacher is nothing short of a godsend, according to a spokeswoman for the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, a not-for-profit organization in perpetual motion to keep the music alive,” reports Mike Pettinella in Tuesday’s (10/4) Batavian (Genesee, NY). “ ‘The directors of the symphony are constantly conducting fundraisers and asking for donations, so when we get money given to us like this, we’re just unbelievably happy,’ said Roxie Choate, GSO personnel director. The GSO was one of 11 different nonprofit entities to receive $20,000 gifts from the estate of Joan Pfeifer, a gym teacher in the Batavia City School District for 36 years.… Choate said she remembered seeing Pfeifer, a lifelong Batavian, at GSO concerts…. Choate said the funds from the Pfeifer estate will be go a long way to meeting the GSO’s budgetary requirements. ‘We’re going to put part of it into an endowment fund, and we also need a new computer and a program to be able to keep track of payments to the performers, and eventually we will have to buy a new set of tympani,’ she said.”

Posted October 5, 2016