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For Immediate Release January 9, 2015
For Information: (909) 748-8018

Redlands Symphony Announces Historic $1 Million Endowment Campaign Honoring Maestro Jon Robertson

REDLANDS, CA Officials of the Redlands Symphony have formally announced the start of the public phase of a historic $1 million endowment campaign honoring retiring Maestro Jon Robertson. Funds raised by the campaign will be placed in an endowment fund, with income from the fund used to support the Maestro’s conducting position (going forward) and the organization’s OrKIDstra program, which provides music education programs and enrichment for children.

“The Redlands Symphony Board of Directors felt it was imperative that we remember the legacy of our beloved Maestro in some significant way,” said Symphony Chair David Maupin as he announced the campaign. “To that end, we began the quiet phase of the campaign several months ago. Now, with the leadership of board member Dr. James R. Appleton as committee chair, we have reached our first goal and are ready to enlist the support of the entire community in this worthwhile effort.”

“I’m extremely excited by the overwhelmingly positive support the campaign has received so far,” said Appleton. “We have raised in excess of $750,000 in leadership gifts and pledges and have 100% participation in the campaign by board members. With help from the general community, I believe we are well on our way to reaching our goal of at least $1 million. This is a historic undertaking for the Symphony. We’ve never done anything like this in the past, so it is extremely heartening to have so many people step up and be included at the early stages of the campaign.”

Maestro Robertson will retire at the end of the 2016-17 season, having served as the Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor for 34 years.

“When Dave and Jim came to me with their proposal for an endowment campaign in my honor, I was extremely moved,” commented Maestro Robertson. “I deeply love this community and this orchestra, and to have that love returned in this manner is somewhat overwhelming. I am also extremely happy that the board has decided that income from the endowment be used for two things that are very dear to me: the ongoing leadership of the orchestra and programs that engage young people in the art and beauty of music.”

In addition to Dr. Appleton, members of the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign Committee include Jerry Bean, Denise Bourne, Ann Bryan, David Maupin, Sabine Robertson-Phillips, Nadege Robertson-Tippenhauer, Berangere Robertson-Tucker and Marilyn Solter.

Leadership Donors

The list of people who have either already made a leadership gift to the campaign or pledged their support includes: Kathleen and John Albrektson, Carol and Jim Appleton, Carol Baker, Luann Bangsund, Brenda and Jerry Bean, Denise and Bob Bourne, Pam and Chris Bradish, Mary and Al Bricetti, Debbie and Jack Brown, Ann and Vaughn Bryan, Bill Buster, Dr. Joan Coggin, Richard Cox, Laura and Jack Dangermond, Nancy and Jim Heine, Mary Jo and JE Holmes, Cheryl Lossett, Robin and Dave Maupin, Boyd and Helen Nies, The Quest Foundation, Susan and Bruce Satzger, Marilyn Solter, Connie and Doug Welebir, Carol and Craig Wessen, Charlie Wheeler, Barbara and Larry Wormser and Karen Zerkle. One donor has asked to remain anonymous.

Ways to Give to the Legacy Campaign

There are three ways gifts can be made to the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign:

Cash Contributions – A gift in the form of a check or other negotiable asset in any amount may be given to the Redlands Symphony and earmarked for the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign.

Pledged Gifts - A pledged gift of $1,000 or more can be made to the campaign and paid to the Redlands Symphony over a maximum of 5 years. A signed pledge form is required and can be obtained from the symphony office.

Planned or Testamentary Gifts – For those who have or are willing to acknowledge a planned gift designated to the Redlands Symphony, these gifts may be designated for the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign. Making a gift in this way will qualify donors, if they wish, for special recognition as a member of the Symphony Legacy Society.

The Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign is supported by a generous matching challenge grant from the Quest Foundation which will provide the Symphony with an additional $1 for every $2 raised before August 4, 2015. That means that a $1,000 contribution will automatically become a $1,500 contribution when the Quest match is added.

Questions about the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign should be directed to Paul Ideker, President & CEO of the Redlands Symphony, at (909) 748-8018. Gifts and pledges can be arranged by telephone or through the mail. The Symphony’s mailing address is 1200 E. Colton Ave., P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373.

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Dr. James R. Appleton, chairman of the Jon Robertson Legacy Campaign Committee, announces the beginning of the public phase of a historic $1 million endowment campaign honoring retiring Maestro Jon Robertson at a press conference on Friday morning. Funds raised by the campaign will be placed in an endowment fund, with income from the fund used to support the Maestro’s conducting position (going forward) and the organization’s OrKIDstra program, which provides music education programs and enrichment for children. Over $750,000 has already been raised toward this goal. Contributions to the Jon Robertson Legacy Fund can be made by contacting the Symphony office at 909.748.8018.

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