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DAYTON, OH – The Dayton region’s largest and oldest performing arts organization, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO), has announced new developments in its Protect & Secure Fundraising Campaign.

The public phase of the campaign launched on March 11, 2011 with the stated goal of supporting the Orchestra during times of unusual economic challenge and accelerated innovation.

Now the DPO is announcing that it has surpassed its goal of $1.4 million for the Protect & Secure fundraising campaign. In addition, the DPO has fully matched The Charles D. Berry Challenge, with over $250,000 in new gifts and pledges raised since the challenge was announced.  

“We are thrilled with the success of the campaign thus far, and deeply grateful to all who have contributed,” said DPO President Paul Helfrich. “We are especially grateful to Lee & Betsy Whitney for their leadership of this special Campaign, to the other volunteers who have made up our Campaign Cabinet, and to Charles Berry for his visionary challenge gift. They have assured our success.”

Total number of contributors now stands at 482 and continues to grow. And now, new donors to the campaign will have a bonus opportunity to double their gift through matching. The DPO is announcing a new and additional challenge gift from Dr. Michael Ervin and Friends. The new challenge will provide up to $25,000 in additional matching funds as gifts continue to come in.  

“We’ve made tremendous progress in the past two months, so we’re delighted that Mike and his friends have now joined us with this very generous additional matching gift,” said DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman. “With their help, we will take this campaign even further than we dreamed it could go.”  

The campaign total will be announced at the DPO’s Annual Meeting on June 2 at the Dayton Racquet Club.

To contribute and participate in the new matching challenge from Dr. Michael Ervin and Friends, send gifts to Dayton Philharmonic, 109 N. Main Street Suite 200, Dayton, OH 45420, attn: Protect & Secure Campaign. Donations can also be made securely online.

For more information about the Protect & Secure Campaign, contact DPO President Paul Helfrich at 937-224-3521 ext. 108 or email him here.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Performance Place at the Schuster Center  |  109 North Main Street, Suite 200  |  Dayton, Ohio 45402