Local philanthropist leaves $8 million to Columbus Symphony

posted by Ken Stevens - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --The Columbus Symphony Orchestra has received an $8 million donation, the largest in the group's history.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the orchestra received the donation from the estate of Anne Melvin.

Melvin, a local philanthropist and supporter of the arts, died in December 2016.

In a statement, Melvin's daughter says the symphony was "one of the great loves" of her mother's life.

Denise Rehg, symphony executive director, says they knew Melvin had made provisions for the orchestra in her will but they did not know exactly how much.

She says the donation will help add to the symphony's endowment that started last year.

The endowment has raised a total of $12.8 million with the donation.

Rehg says their goal is to eventually reach $50 million.

(Image courtesy Columbus Symphony Orchestra)

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