The Leon Levine Foundation Awards ASC A Challenge Grant To Reach Education Campaign Goal

The Leon Levine Foundation has made a $100,000 challenge grant to the Arts & Science Council (ASC) Annual Fund Drive’s Education Campaign, moving ASC’s education campaign within arm’s reach of its $1 million goal, ASC President Scott Provancher announced today.

“We are so grateful to The Leon Levine Foundation -- this gives us the incentive and renewed energy we need for the last days of our campaign,” Provancher said.  “We hope the community now will respond to this challenge by helping us raise the last $200,000 of our goal so that we can begin the restoration of arts education for the school children of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”

“ASC  has really stepped out to develop a program for which it is uniquely positioned in response to a critical community need,” said Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation.  “This new program will become an example to the region of how arts and culture organizations can have meaningful impact on the education of our children.”

“We are truly appreciative of the Levines and the Foundation as well as the many other contributors who recognize the importance of bringing cultural experiences to our children,” said Marc Manly, Group Executive and Chief Legal Officer, Duke Energy, and ASC Chair.

ASC announced a separate goal of raising $1 million, within the 2011 campaign goal of $8.3 million, to help restore arts, science and history programs in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as well as to provide teacher training and development and curriculum-based arts programming.  ASC’s  goal in the first year is to restore arts education to more than 100,000 students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

As of last Friday with just two weeks to go, the campaign was at about $6.2 million including the $700,000 in education gifts.

The Arts & Science Council’s Annual Fund Drive raises dollars to support arts, science and history organizations, education programs, individual artists and community-based cultural projects in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  Individuals who would like to contribute to the ASC Annual Fund Drive and education campaign may go to www.artsandscience.org and click on “Make A Gift.”

Last year, Charlotte philanthropists Leon and Sandra Levine of The Leon Levine Foundation made a $15 million gift to complete the Campaign for Cultural Facilities, an $83 million private endowment campaign led by the Arts & Science Council to support new and renovated cultural facilities.

In honor of the Levines’ generous and extraordinary gift to the arts community –Wells Fargo changed the Wells Fargo Cultural Campus name to Levine Center for the Arts. First Street was renamed Levine Avenue of the Arts by the Charlotte City Council.  Levine Center for the Arts is home to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Mint Museum Uptown and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Created in 1980 by Leon Levine, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Family Dollar Stores, The Leon Levine Foundation has granted millions of dollars to impactful charitable organizations in this region.  The Foundation primarily focuses on educational opportunity, improving health, Jewish values and human services.   For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org.

Contacts:
Aaron Fiedler | 704-335-3055
Susan Jetton | 704-335-3035

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