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Friends and Funding

The Friends of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore are local citizens, organizations, businesses, and Orchestra members who donate money in support of the Orchestra. The Friends group was established in 2005, following the Orchestra's award of 501c3 non-profit status, and has faithfully supported the Orchestra’s activities every year since. Although we receive some donations at our concerts, we rely on the Friends for the vast majority of our financial needs. For the orchestra to thrive, we need to grow the Friends group and increase the level of support. If you are not already a supporter, please become a Friend by making a contribution to the Orchestra.

Contributions benefit the Orchestra in several ways. First, they provide a secure base of operations by enabling a regular stipend to the music director, purchase of music, rental of rehearsal and performance space, and modest administrative and musical expenses. Secondly, they are matching funds for possible foundation grants. Perhaps most importantly, local contributions are proof of community value and support. Friends are recognized and listed in our printed concert programs.

Please send your contribution to:

OES
PO Box 27
Onancock, VA 23417

In most years the town of Onancock has provided a $500 contribution matched by the Virginia Commission for the Arts under the Local Government Challenge Grant program. It is our hope that other local governments will choose to participate in this program.

Ideas and in-kind donations as well as monetary contributions are welcome. For questions, contact us or call Marion Naar at 757‑442‑2821.