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July 13, 2010 > Symphony raises $45,000 for Challenge Grant

Symphony raises $45,000 for Challenge Grant

Submitted By Sue Rose

June 30th was the deadline for the Fremont Symphony's Challenge Grant from Steve and Edith Pietkiewicz. By late morning, after a frenzy of last minute phone calls, e-mails, and Internet donations from musicians, the orchestra was successful in raising the $45,000 match. Steve Piekiewicz wrote a $22,500 check on July 1, which was his end of the bargain for the Challenge Grant. The total benefit to the orchestra is $67,500.

As the new Co-President for the Fremont Symphony, Pietkiewicz was very pleased. "It is truly gratifying to watch the Fremont Symphony community come together like this. Edith and I are absolutely delighted to write a check for the full amount of the Challenge Grant."

Co-President Steve Cho agrees. "Thank you to Steve and Edith for bringing the orchestra to sound financial footing again. We can leverage this success and attract new people, new ideas, and new funding sources."

Orchestra Personnel Manager Carole Klein was thrilled after a last minute e-mail blast to musicians resulted in donations that pushed the Challenge Grant over the $45,000 goal.

"Many thanks to Steve and Edith, who inspired us all to accomplish this," said General Manager Susan Rose. This achievement enables the Fremont Symphony to have excellent financial reports for prospective funders. Ms. Rose is also planning ways to attract new ticket buyers and Challenge Grant donors back into the concert hall with incentives and interesting programs.

The Fremont Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 47th season, starting September 2010. The orchestra serves over 7,000 people in southern Alameda County and northern Santa Clara County. Programs are an evening concert series, holiday Nutcracker Ballet with live orchestra, Young Artist Competition, Young Composers Competition, and recital performances. To preview the 2010-2011 season, visit or call (510) 794-1659.

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