The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) presented its first annual Director’s Choice Award to the Washington Symphony Orchestra.
“The committee which reviewed the applications was unanimous in its belief that all applicants provide quality programming that is having a positive impact in our community,” said Betsie Trew, Executive Director. “To encourage their continued good work, each applicant was awarded a merit grant from our Acorn Fund. CASA for Kids received a $1,000 grant and receiving grants of $500 each were the Bradford House, Charleroi Historical Society, Interfaith Hospitality Network, LeMoyne Community Center, Washington County Hunger & Homeless Awareness Committee, and the Washington County Literacy Council. Through a financial analysis, it was readily apparent that the Washington Symphony Orchestra best met the third criteria of improvement in the balance sheet.”
The Washington Symphony Orchestra (WSO), in its ninth year of operations, seeks to entertain, educate and inspire the community through presentation of excellent musical performances. It held its first concert at the First Lutheran Church in Washington and then performed the next three years in the George Washington Hotel. Continual increases in audience attendance prompted a move to the Washington Park School and then to the Trinity High School auditorium, where the WSO has performed to audiences as large as 900 members.
The WSO intends to use the $10,000 grant towards the salary of a part‐time Director tasked with developing the income required to support the WSO’s artistic and business visions. “The Director’s Choice Award is a timely vote of confidence that has inspired and invigorated our efforts while reducing our financial risk,” stated Mary Cecelia Courtney, WSO President.