Strings Music Pavilion

Strings Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a long history of successful fundraising. Our 2012 Annual Fund Campaign is underway and we invite you to look at the levels of support and donate today! Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach 25 years.

Here’s how we made it happen:

         A $250 donation got you an invite to the “Prelude” buffet dinner for two on the deck of the club prior to the concert. 
         The “musical chair” program fixed the problem of people sitting two to a chair at concerts.

        Strings was the recipient of the Snow Ball, presented by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, and received over $16,000.
        Individuals were asked to sponsor one week of Strings for the first time.

        The Guild’s first fundraising event was a “Prelude to Summer,” a dinner/dance held at the Steamboat Yacht Club.
        The Guild began “Sponsor a Musician” and each musician attending Strings was financially sponsored by individuals and businesses.

         The Guild started “Noteworthy Affairs” which marked certain events as fundraisers.

         A party that benefited the endowment was held at the Harrington Ranch in the Elk River and featured the Gypsy Boys in a high energy performance in the corral.
        “Some Enchanted Evening” was the first dance and dinner at the Strings’ tent.

        The Guild hosted the first “Second Fiddle” sale at Sharon and Ben Jones’ barn. People donated used furnishings, paintings, sculptures, and other household items in excellent condition, which were then auctioned off.

        Participants visited beautiful backyards of the Yampa Valley on the brand new Garden Tour, hosted by the Guild.  

        Garrison Keillor presented two benefit performances for Strings, a sing-along at the top of the Steamboat ski area and a special dinner concert at Harwigs/L’Apogee.    

         The Valentine’s Day Dinner transformed into a progressive dinner at Emerald Meadows.
        The first philanthropy program for youth was begun entitled “Kids Supporting Kids” – kids donated $1 so that a less fortunate kids could attend.

        The first “Encore Concert,” an intimate chamber music performance in private homes, was held. 

        Musicians, celebrated chefs, and residents compiled their favorite recipes for the Guild’s Steamboat Seasons cookbook, published in 2005. You can still buy a cookbook today!

        The Garden Tour expanded to include Kitchens, becoming the now well-known Kitchen and Garden Tour, hosted by the Guild.  

        Nationally recognized, award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performed a benefit concert at Strings.  

        “Strings and Stetsons” was the 20th Anniversary celebratory fundraiser, a lively evening of dinner, dance, auction, and a concert by Riders in the Sky. 

        A 4 million dollar capital campaign was successfully completed to build the Strings Music Pavilion, now the leading concert experience in Steamboat Springs. 

         For the first time, music students played at the “Donor’s Prelude” with Strings School Days featured musician Alpin Hong. 

        A biking component was added to the Kitchen and Garden Tour to appeal to Steamboat’s new Bike Town USA initiative.  

        To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, the Guild decided to “light up” the Strings Park to support youth programs and Strings School Days. Donate to Light Up the Night today!  

        25 years later, we still host the “Donor’s Prelude” and Reception. Donate $100 or more today to receive your invite.

Posted on February 17, 2012
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