Charlotte Symphony Gets $2 Million In Gifts

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has received $2 million from four anonymous donors, putting a balanced budget within reach for the first time in more than a decade.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/WMs6yi ) the symphony would need to raise $800,000 by June 30 to meet its budget for the year. That has not happened since 2002.

Interim executive director Robert Stickler says it's important that people realize more money is needed this year.

One third of the orchestra's $9 million budget comes from ticket sales. Stickler says the rest of the money comes from contributions.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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