Celebrate ‘Giving Tuesday,’ and double your impact on Grand Rapids Symphony’s music education programs and more, thanks to Wege Foundation

Grand Rapids Symphony musicians are everywhere.

Not only on stage, but in classrooms, health care communities and unexpected places across West Michigan, sharing music that warms the heart, stirs the soul, and changes lives for the better.

Emma Burns, a student at Central Montcalm Upper Elementary School who attended a Grand Rapids Symphony Fifth Grade concert earlier this year, saw her artwork projected above the orchestra during the program. She called it an “amazing experience.”

“I learned so much and got to see my princess picture … thank you so much, this was a great opportunity for me,” Burns said. “You have encouraged me to sign up for band.”

In fact, the Grand Rapids Symphony reaches nearly 90,000 people through music education and community outreach each year.

GR Symphony's Gateway to Music

With your help, we can reach even more. And thanks to the Wege Foundation, if you give a little, the Grand Rapids Symphony will get even more.

Celebrate “Giving Tuesday” on Nov. 29 by making a donation to the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Annual Fund, and the Wege Foundation will match your gift dollar for dollar.

In fact, donate any time before Jan. 31, 2017, and the Wege Foundation will match your donation. If you give $50, we get $100.

Call the GRS Development Team at (616) 454-9451 ext. 123 to donate by phone. Or make a secure donation online.

Your donation also supports Gateway to Music, a matrix of 16 educational opportunities to become part of the Grand Rapids Symphony family. Two of them include our Artists in Residence program, which sends musicians into area schools to share the gift of music; and our Fifth Grade Concerts, which brings students to DeVos Performance Hall to hear the Grand Rapids Symphony do what it does best.

Seven years ago, Remington McKinnon was a student at Sand Lake Elementary when she got to conduct the Grand Rapids Symphony at a Fifth Grade Concert.

“Walking to the gigantic stage took an eternity. When I felt every eye on me, my legs started vibrating; they didn’t just shake, they vibrated … but when the symphony started, I took off with them.”

Years later, in a recent high school essay, she remembered it “as the happiest day of my life.”

“That day showed me to be hopeful, to be brave, to work for what you want and to have faith in myself,” said McKinnon, now a senior at Tri County High School in Howard City. “A moment like that will forever have an impact on my life, because, no matter what, I can say I’ve done something no one would think of – and in 5th grade, too.”

Your donation also makes possible Access to Music, a free concert for music lovers who can’t necessarily afford to attend a concert or who may not be physically able to come to DeVos Performance Hall.

Make your gift on #GivingTuesday or any day. It’s never too late.

Mail your donation to:

Grand Rapids Symphony
Annual Fund
300 Ottawa Ave. NW Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at 10:00 AM

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