The Lethbridge Symphony held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in their new home at Southminster United Church, and got the excitement for Season 56 rolling. In addition to electing new directors, and bidding farewell to some who have completed their terms, the board looked back on the successes of the 2015-2016 Season.
Outgoing President Sandy Brunelle was proud to complete her service on a high note. “We’re in the black!” Fundraising went well thanks to the generous gift of a $100,000 endowment by Jim Fisher, in memory of his late wife Beth. These funds were matched with donations to the organisation’s operations, and benefactors were generous.
More importantly, however, the Lethbridge Symphony experienced record audiences. Last year’s budget numbers were blown out of the water and the organisation is hoping to see the same support from the community this year. “This is encouraging to all of us, of course,” notes executive director Melanie Gattiker, “but particularly to our donors, who make such a healthy investment in what we do.”
Gattiker explains, “Being in the black is always every non-profit’s goal, and we’re pleased to say that because of such strong support from our community, as well as several years of hard work, we’ve restored our financial position. This is particularly exciting because it allows us to keep the music alive, but also look to the future. We look forward to continuing investments in our community, both for our annual operations as well as new projects.”