Ives Concert Park to participate in Fairfield County Giving Day
Nonprofit entertainment venue vying for share of $100,000
DANBURY, CONN. — On Friday, March 7, 2014, the Fairfield County Community Foundation, in partnership with the Bank of America, will host Fairfield County Giving Day, an initiative to raise $1 million in a 24-hour period of online giving for the hundreds of local nonprofit organizations in the county.
One of those nonprofits is Ives Concert Park, a world-class performing arts center that features an outdoor amphitheater on 40 wooded acres with a pond, gardens and public hiking trails on the Westside campus of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. The venue has hosted numerous high-profile performers ranging from Tony Bennett to Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys, and The Moody Blues. Ives Concert Park also offers a wide variety of fine arts and family events including classical music, children’s theater and multi-cultural festivals — many at reduced or no cost to the public.
The Friends of the Ives, a 501(c)(3) fundraising arm of Ives Concert Park, will be one of the options for donors on Fairfield County Giving Day. Not only is the organization hoping to make new connections and receive direct support, but also the Friends of the Ives hopes to capitalize on an incentive structure created by the Fairfield County Community Foundation that could enable the organization to receive $25,000 or more in matching or incentive gifts.
Residents of Fairfield County and beyond who value arts and culture in an inspiring outdoor setting can demonstrate their support by making a donation through a fast, easy and secure online donation website on Friday, March 7, at www.FCGives.org and selecting The Friends of the Ives to receive their gift.
The Friends of the Ives serves to cultivate, develop and raise funding support for Ives Concert Park, a nationally recognized performing arts center that honors the memory of one of America’s greatest music composers, Danbury native Charles Edward Ives (1874 – 1954).
Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.