San Bernardino Symphony receives $2M, largest gift in its history

Posted on: November 2, 2021

“The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra recently received a $2 million gift from the Paramo family … the largest donation the orchestra has received in its 93-year history, according to a news release,” reads an unsigned article in Saturday’s (10/30) San Bernardino Sun (CA). “In addition to its concert seasons, the San Bernardino Symphony collaborates with local schools, colleges and community organizations to provide access to the arts, performing free annual concerts for more than 3,000 Inland Empire students…. The gift … comes with no conditions for spending it on specific activities, according to [board president Dean] McVay. As part of the orchestra’s established endowment, this gift will provide an additional $100,000 each year to augment ticket income and annual giving to cover an operating budget that will be roughly $1 million this season. ‘This gift is a major vote of confidence in the musicians of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, our incredible board and staff and in the direction we’re moving as we expand the size, scope and community outreach of this organization,’ Anthony Parnther, the orchestra’s music director, said in the news release.”