June 22, 2010 > Race to 'Close the Gap'
Race to 'Close the Gap'
Submitted By Sue Rose
The Fremont Symphony Orchestra is working hard to raise $12,000 in two weeks for the last part of the match for the Steve and Edith Pietkiewicz Challenge Grant. The June 30 deadline to raise a total of $45,000 is approaching fast. Orchestra leaders are determined to "Close the Gap" of $12,000. The payoff is a total of $67,500 for the orchestra's cash-starved artistic and educational programs.
Seventy-three percent of the matching funds have already been collected. Small to large donations have come in from people from every corner of the community - from parents of Young Artist Competition winners to Nutcracker Ballet dancers; from elected officials and community leaders to first-time ticket buyers; and from longtime orchestra supporters to orchestra musicians. For every $2 in new and increased donations the orchestra raises, the Pietkiewiczs are donating $1.
Board President Pauline Weaver says, "This Challenge Grant is critical to the sustainability of the orchestra as an organization. We are almost there because people believe in the orchestra, its inspiring programs and the contribution it makes to the livability of our cities. I am confident we will "Close the Gap." We don't want to leave Challenge Grant money on the table."
General Manager Sue Rose also emphasizes the need for the grant, "Corporate funding has dropped 50 percent and we are losing a major foundation funder next season."
Steve and Edith Pietkiewicz hope that the orchestra can "Close the Gap," "We challenged the community to come forward and show whether they support having a professional orchestra close to home by making donations. It looks like the answer could be a big Yes! We want to make the full Challenge Grant to the Fremont Symphony." Steve is a Vice President and General Manager at the high-tech firm Linear Technology Corp., Milpitas. A mother of three, Mrs. Pietkiewicz is an advocate for arts education.
The Fremont Symphony Orchestra will use Challenge Grant funds to bring live classical music performances to over 7,000 people in southern Alameda County and northern Santa Clara County. Orchestra programs include an evening concert and recital series, holiday Nutcracker Ballet with live orchestra, Young Artist Competition, Young Composers Competition, and ensemble performances in the community.
To help "Close the Gap" by donating to the Challenge Grant or for more information, visit www.fremontsymphony.org or call (510) 794-1652.