Fundraiser to raise money for 'Music in the Schools' program

Marge Lewis, membership chairman of the Downey Symphony Guild, presents a $15,000 donation to Don Marshall, president of the Downey Symphonic Society, on April 6, on the stage of the Downey Theatre during the Downey Symphony Orchestra’s Gershwin concert. Photo courtesy Downey Symphony Guild

Marge Lewis, membership chairman of the Downey Symphony Guild, presents a $15,000 donation to Don Marshall, president of the Downey Symphonic Society, on April 6, on the stage of the Downey Theatre during the Downey Symphony Orchestra’s Gershwin concert. Photo courtesy Downey Symphony Guild

DOWNEY — The Downey Symphony Guild invites the public to their annual gala fundraiser for the Music in the Schools program and the Downey Symphony Orchestra. The event will be held at Los Amigos Golf Course on Friday, April 26. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. dinner will be served.

“Friday, the 26th of April, is National Arbor Day. President Nixon proclaimed National Arbor Day to be the last Friday in April, so, our theme will be tree-related and works well with spring and the planting of seeds, etc.,” said Katie Hare, the Downey Symphony Guild’s driving force. “We will have some great items to bid on in our silent and live auctions and a wonderful, delicious dinner.”

Hare continued, “The Downey Symphony Guild just presented our annual donation to the Downey Symphonic Society and the Orchestra. We were so pleased to be able to give $15,000 at the Gershwin concert on the 6th of this month. All that money helps fund the Music in the Schools program and the Orchestra concerts in the Downey Theatre. Now we start to build up funds again for the Guild’s donation next April.

“The DSG (Downey Symphony Guild) works hard at raising these funds all year long. I thank each and every Guild member for their financial support.”

There is still time to make a reservation by phone. The cost per person is $65. For reservations and more information, contact Katie Hare at (562) 861-8507.

The 2018-19 season is the 60th diamond anniversary of the Downey Symphony Orchestra and there are a few more events planned:

  • Friday, April 26 – Downey Symphony Guild gala fundraiser at Los Amigos Golf Course, 5:0 p.m.

  • Wednesday, June 26 – Downey Symphony Orchestra free summer concert in Furman Park, 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, June 30 – Downey Symphonic Society and Symphony Guild end of 60th season summertime barbecue at the Women’s Club of Downey, 3 p.m.