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The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra recently received a $ 2 million donation from the Paramo family.

It is the largest donation the orchestra has received in its 93-year history, according to a press release, and the funds go to the orchestra’s endowment.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of this donation,” said Dean McVay, chairman of the orchestra’s board of directors, in the press release. “A gift like this will allow us to positively impact more people than ever before. “

In addition to its concert seasons, the San Bernardino Symphony works with local schools, colleges and community organizations to provide access to the arts, giving free annual concerts to more than 3,000 students of the Inland Empire. Even during pandemic closures, the orchestra gave a full digital concert as a gift to the entire San Bernardino City Unified School District.

The $ 2 million orchestra endowment donation is the largest in terms of dollars the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has ever received, according to the press release, even exceeding a $ 1 million bequest from former Symphony Orchestra board member Frank Plash in 2007.

There are no strings attached to spending it on specific activities, according to McVay. As part of the orchestra’s established endowment, this donation will provide an additional $ 100,000 each year to increase ticket revenue and annual donations to cover an operating budget of approximately $ 1 million this season.

“This gift is a major vote of confidence in the musicians of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, our incredible Board of Directors and staff and in the direction we are taking as we expand the size, reach and community reach. of this organization, “Anthony Parnther, the orchestra’s musical director, said in the press release.

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