Thursday, December 17, 2009

VPR Classical Campaign for Addison County a SUCCESS!

VPR’s headquarters are usually a fairly reserved place, but this afternoon there was quite a bit of whooping and hollering in the main hallway when VPR’s Manager of Major Giving, Retta Huttlinger, told me that the VPR Classical Campaign for Addison County had met the goal of $346,000!

We were under $5,000 to go at the beginning of the week, and we weren’t sure we would make the goal by the end of the month. Thankfully, several gifts came in over the last several days that put us where we needed to be for the $10,000 Vermont Community Foundation challenge to end the campaign successfully. Many thanks to the VCF, and to every donor who contributed to the campaign! It’s wonderful to have such a generous outpouring of support for classical music on the radio dial.

Now that winter is upon us, it’s not possible for our engineering team to do their work safely to get the station on the air in the next several months. But, the equipment is ordered and as soon as the snow clears in the spring, and there’s easy access to Chipman Hill in Middlebury where the station will be situated, WOXM- 90.1 FM VPR Classical will make its debut!

This campaign was a success thanks to an energetic group of community volunteers who forged ahead despite the interesting challenges that the economy provided. Special thanks to Bonnie McCardell and her husband John (a member of the VPR Board of Directors) who lead the effort tirelessly and who deserve a big round of applause for their efforts to bring VPR Classical to Addison County. Well done, and thank you!

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