Jacksonville Symphony holding $200,000 matching challenge


All new and additional gifts to the Jacksonville Symphony made through June 30, 2019, will be matched dollar for dollar up to $200,000. 

According to a press release from the Symphony, the “Building Bridges” campaign is made possible through the donations of $150,000 from the Lory and Pete Doolittle Family and $50,000 from Preston and Joan Haskell.

“The Pete and Lory Doolittle Family is pleased to support the Jacksonville Symphony because of the fine way it enhances our city,” Lory Doolittle said. “What fun it is to attend symphony events created by our excellent music director, Courtney Lewis. We are also enthusiastic about the musical educational opportunities that the Jacksonville Symphony provides for our city's students.”

The Jacksonville Symphony is now in its 69th season. According to the press release, the Symphony is the largest provider of music education in Northeast Florida and is able to provide more than 70,000 Jacksonville students with access to live music every year. The Symphony’s “Building Bridges” matching campaign will work to ensure that these programs will continue to grow along with the city of Jacksonville.

Support provided by the Jacksonville community allows the Symphony to do the following: 

Offer 350 budding musicians, from four counties in the region, the opportunity to learn and make music together in the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Send Jacksonville Symphony Ensembles to more than 40 schools annually, many of them Title 1 schools, bringing music and inspiration to students who might not otherwise get that opportunity.

Have volunteers introduce children to musical instruments during “Instrument Zoos” at the Symphony’s Family Concerts.

Provide discount ticket programs such as the Sound Check Card, Student Rush and Under 18 Free.

Those interested in making a donation can visit www.JaxSymphony.org/bridges or call (904) 807-1016.