Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Receives $1.85 Million Endowment Gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced today it has received commitment of a $1.85 million endowment gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation. In recognition of this contribution, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will establish The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair.

The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair will be awarded, based on merit, for a period of five years to an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musician who demonstrates excellence in musical artistry, leadership, collegiality and community engagement. The chair may be granted to any tenured Orchestra member, including those who already occupy a named chair. Recipients will be awarded a one-time $10,000 stipend at the start of their five-year term as the honoree, to be utilized for professional development. The award will be celebrated every five years.

“Mrs. Reeder called Atlanta home for most of her life and wholly understood the value a fine orchestra can have to a growing city,” said Brian Frank, Co-Trustee of the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation. “Building upon her long-time support of the Woodruff Arts Center and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair is an exceptional tribute to her love of music. The Foundation is delighted that her name and her generosity will be preserved in such a meaningful way.”

“This extraordinary gift from the Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation adds to the future financial security of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while recognizing and nurturing the exceptional talent of the musicians on stage,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board Chairman Ben Johnson. “We are very grateful to the Foundation trustees for this generous investment and for the opportunity to acknowledge Mabel Dorn Reeder with the honorary chair. Mrs. Reeder was a special friend to the Woodruff Arts Center and the Orchestra and we are honored to play a part in her Atlanta legacy."

“The Mabel Dorn Reeder Honorary Chair is a compelling testament of passion for great music and musicians,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President Stanley E. Romanstein. “This historic contribution also represents a new model for supporting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — in which a contribution can transcend Symphony Hall and marry our institutional goals with unique philanthropic vision. The Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation's honorary chair model will inspire others to think outside of the traditional named gift, and I look forward to the creativity and generosity gifts like this will undoubtedly inspire.”

Congrats to ASO, wish everyone would donate a dollar or two or million! - SoftnBlue

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