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Monday May 11th, 2015

Posted at 10:00am

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The Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s permanent endowment fund received a big boost Sunday, after a generous gift of $300,000 from the Ursuline Sisters of Chatham.

This Community of Catholic Religious Sisters made its donation to the WSO in honour of the Sisters who taught music at the Ursuline School of Music. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the schools, where members of the Ursuline Community dedicated their time to educating, training, and sharing the joy of music with aspiring students. The schools were located at 850 Ouellette Avenue and 3600 Curry Avenue, and closed in 1970 and 1992.

WSO Board Chair Stephen Savage noted the Ursuline Sisters’ gift goes a long way in helping the Orchestra to “spread music into the schools and community, and in creating programs and events for those eager to experience the power of live orchestral music.”

The endowment fund was first announced on April 7th with a donation of $500,000 from the Toldo Foundation. Together with the Ursuline Sisters’ gift of $300,000, the WSO Endowment Fund now totals more than $1.3 million. Principle amounts donated to the WSO Endowment Fund are kept in perpetuity at the Windsor Essex Community Foundation with only a portion of the interest allocated annually for WSO education and community outreach programs.

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