Festival Reaches, Surpasses $10 Mllion Goal

  • Jun 24, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2713" align="alignright" width="220" caption="Phyzz and Andy Berwick, Mary Ann Moore announce the major milestone."][/caption]On the eve of its 40th anniversary season, the Oregon Bach Festival reached another milestone—it reached and surpassed $10 million in cash and pledges towards its Saltzman Endowment. The University of Oregon program made the announcement on June 23 at its annual Patron Celebration two nights before the official start of its concert season. Current endowment cochairs Mary Ann Moore and Andy and Phyzz Berwick told the crowd of more than 500 in Eugene’s Valley River Inn that significant gifts within the last few months from Don Tykeson, Linda Cheney, and an anonymous donor propelled the endowment past its goal to a total of $10.6 million. The cochairs also honored the late Pete Moore, who with his wife helped launch the endowment drive in 2005 with a million dollar gift and became the campaign’s first leaders. The endowment is named after Royce Saltzman, the Festival’s emeritus director and cofounder. While it has begun to yield funds for the Festival’s operations, its success has led to a continued drive to increase its level. “It’s not too late,” Andy Berwick said. “We welcome new contributors who want to be part of this campaign.”