LSM Newswire

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Royal Conservatory Launches Second Phase of Capital Camapaign

Announces $10 million in new donations

TORONTO The Royal Conservatory will announce $10 million in new donations at an event officially launching the second phase of its Building National Dreams capital campaign. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, it will be held at the Conservatorys Toronto headquarters in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.

The second phase of the Conservatorys capital campaign will raise an additional $50 million to complete construction of its expanded facilities and to accommodate the ongoing growth of its diverse national programs. This new campaign follows the successful completion of an initial $60 million campaign in 2006.

In addition to the $10 million in donations that has already been secured, proposals totalling more than $20 million are currently under review. Campaign Co-Chairs Mr. Tony Comper and Mrs. Elizabeth Comper indicated that formal acknowledgement of individual gifts will be made in the weeks and months ahead in special ways.

The launch event will also provide the first-ever opportunity to meet the Conservatorys Campaign Cabinet, led by Mr. and Mrs. Comper. This 59-member team is made up of a diverse cadre of Canadian business and civic leaders, all of whom share a deep commitment to the mission and values of the Conservatory. We are delighted to have the support of such a strong Campaign Cabinet and to be part of this exciting new chapter in the evolution of the Conservatory, affirmed the Compers.

Event guests will be able to take a sneak peek at the 1,140-seat Koerner Hall, the centrepiece of the second phase of the campaign. Invitees can view the progress of the halls construction through a self-guided tour of an area that is currently closed to the public. This acoustically excellent performance venue will be one of the countrys premiere concert halls when it opens in September.

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