KSO’s Running The Symphony Campaign Raised Over $20,000
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – On Saturday, January 23, Kamloops Symphony Executive Director Daniel Mills completed his goal of running every city street in Kamloops by completing a full marathon (42.2 km) as the grand finale of his Running The Symphony fundraising project. The campaign raised $17,391, which, combined with $5,000 from a matching donor for first-time KSO contributors, brings the total to $22,397.
These vital funds will help the Kamloops Symphony continue to engage musicians and orchestrate one-of-a-kind musical experiences – now in the form of professionally produced video concerts delivered directly to audiences, throughout the 2020-21 season.
For Mills, an amateur endurance runner and relatively new resident of Kamloops, running every street within the city was a way to keep him personally motivated by exploring every corner of his new home, while also raising much-needed funds for the Symphony.
He officially began his project on Friday, August 14 at Westsyde Secondary, the site of the very first KSO rehearsal in 1976. This was the first of 83 individual runs leading up to the grand finale of the full marathon, whose start and finish line was the Sagebrush Theatre where the Symphony typically performs its concerts.
In total Mills ran for 89 hours on 72 separate days and covered 940 km in this project. “It has been very fun getting to know Kamloops’ various neighbourhoods. I am so grateful for the stunning geography Kamloops has to offer, and the tremendous backers who have helped us along this journey,” says Mills. “All the money that we’re collecting will go towards increasing the size and the number of programs we can present for the rest of this year. It’s really important for us to be able to continue those programs, but also to engage as many musicians as possible, even if the pandemic prevents us from having in-person audiences.”
All who have already donated, or who make a donation to the Running The Symphony campaign by 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 31, will be entered to win a prize pack, generously supplied by Runners Sole. The winner will be drawn on Monday, February 1. See full details about Running The Symphony can be seen on the Kamloops Symphony’s website at www.kamloopssymphony.com.
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