Thousands in Donations Assure More Park Concerts In The Fall
Arizona Daily Star – June 12, 2009
The Tucson Pops Orchestra passed a proverbial hat at last Sunday’s spring parks series finale and came back with enough money to almost guarantee a full season of parks concerts in the fall.
Fans at Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center ponied up more than $6,000 in donations, matching the $6,000 pledged in all by Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, Councilwoman Nina Trasoff and an anonymous donor, said longtime Pops board President David Sitton.
Walkup and Trasoff each donated $2,000 from their offices; the anonymous donor also gave $2,000, Sitton said.
Long Realty, which earlier had pulled its $10,000 to $15,000 funding for the orchestra’s parks concerts, matched Walkup’s and Trasoff’s donations, pitching in $4,000. Sitton said Long Realty CEO Rosey Koberlein said she was so moved by the politicians’ gestures that she made the donation.