YOGC Receives $2,500 Matching Gift for End of Year Giving Campaign

Staff Report

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus (YOGC) has received a $2,500 matching gift for their end of year giving campaign from an anonymous donor. 

The first $2,500 in gifts to YOGC between November 10 and December 31 will be matched by this donor. That means that for every $1 donated to YOGC, $2 will go towards creating safe spaces for amazing young musicians to gather and make music. YOGC has been able to rehearse in-person since October 5 with strict health and safety guidelines backed by the International Performing Arts Study, the CDC, and the Muscogee County School District. Donating to YOGC now doubles the impact you can make on children’s lives and supports the arts during a time when everyone is having to be especially creative to keep the music playing. Funds go towards the expenses involved in holding safe rehearsals and performances for the students, including rehearsal space rental and wages for the award-winning artistic staff that work with the students every week. 

Donors can also elect to donate in honor or in memory of a loved one. It is a wonderful way to show a musician or music-lover you know how much they have inspired you. Donors must provide the email of the person or next of kin in which the donation is made, and YOGC will send them an e-card informing them of the donation in their name. Donate now at https://www.gagives.org/organization/Youth-Orchestra-Association-Of-Greater-Columbus or mail checks payable to ‘YOGC’ to P.O. Box 8612 Columbus, GA 31908. 

“As we close out 2020, we can all use a little bit of cheer and encouragement. Our musicians have loved being able to rehearse together safely this fall, and you can have a positive impact on their lives and let a loved one know how important they are to you all at once. December 1 is Giving Tuesday, and that’s a great day to join with others all over the country in supporting causes like YOGC. I truly hope you will take a few minutes to support YOGC. Not because I said so, but because the children of our community need and deserve this space to create music together.” - Stephanie Payne, YOGC Executive Director.