$1.15 million pledged to Des Moines Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Campaign

January 1, 2013

Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 200 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: December 21, 2012

Contact: Pamela Neubauer, Manager of Member & Donor Relations ● 515.280.4004 ● pamela@dmsymphony.org



Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines Symphony is pleased to announce significant corporate leadership pledges totaling $1.15 million to its 75th Anniversary Campaign from DuPont Pioneer, The Meredith Corporation Foundation and the Principal Financial Group Foundation. The goal of the Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Campaign is to raise $7.5 million to serve the Des Moines Community for the next 75 years.

DuPont Pioneer was the first to make a generous leadership pledge to the Campaign. “The Symphony has been a critical component of our arts community in Des Moines over the last 75 years, and we are honored to support the Symphony’s campaign to ensure residents and visitors alike can enjoy its entertainment for the next 75 years,” said Paul Schickler, President of DuPont Pioneer.

Meredith Corporation Foundation Chairwoman Mell Meredith said, “Meredith believes the arts are essential to the quality of life and the economic strength of a community. We are very pleased to again provide our support to the Des Moines Symphony, and its mission to provide the greater Des Moines community with outstanding live classical music. We look forward to the next 75 years of world-class entertainment and programming.”

Principal’s $300,000 pledge to the 75th Anniversary Campaign will help support capital projects, including a new orchestra shell to improve the acoustics for concerts at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines.

Mary O’Keefe, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the Principal Financial Group said, “The Principal is pleased to support the Des Moines Symphony as it celebrates the 75th anniversary of entertaining our community with great live music. We’re pleased our continued support since 1966 has helped the Symphony provide strong programs, and our support for this campaign will enrich the audience’s experience with improved acoustics.”

In addition to corporate leadership pledges from DuPont Pioneer, Meredith and Principal, commitments to the Symphony’s first-ever public endowment campaign have been made by Aviva, Becker Underwood, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Feed Energy Company, The Iowa Clinic, P.C., Iowa Health – Des Moines and Kemin Industries, Inc.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit, full-service professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.4 million, supports the Symphony Academy of Music and its numerous education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which this year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-