ASO More Than Halfway to $7M Fundraising Goal


ASO More Than Halfway to $7M Fundraising Goal
(Mark Wagner)

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra said Thursday that its "Orchestrating the Future" fundraising campaign has raised $4.9 million so far and will raise $7 million by the time the three-year effort ends.

The campaign, which began last year, supports professional music and educational programs.

"With the help of the people of Arkansas, this fundraising campaign will give the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra a solid financial foundation in which to connect, enrich and inspire children and families," Richard Wheeler, chairman of the ASO board of directors, said in a news release. "Generations of Arkansans experience the magic of live symphonic music through ASO performances, and we want to ensure that tradition continues."

Donors who made "leadership gifts" include Julie and Chris Keller III; the Philip R. Jonsson Family Foundation; the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust; the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; Beth and Richard Wheeler; Jan and Randal Hundley; Terri and Chuck Erwin; and Ellen Gray.

The orchestra said the money will go toward its endowment, its Creative Capital fund, operations during the renovation of Robinson Center Music Hall and expanding music education programs.

Wheeler, Martin Thoma, Jan Hundley, Gus Vratsinas, Phil Peters and ASO Music Director Philip Mann are co-chairs of the campaign, which will conclude June 30.