The Leon Levine Foundation Issues $50,000 Challenge Grant for the Arts & Science Council

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Krista Terrell, Director-Communications
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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Leon Levine Foundation is helping the Arts & Science Council (ASC) reach its $7.3 million Annual Fund Drive goal by issuing a $50,000 challenge grant.  This challenge grant joins The Foundation For The Carolinas’ (FFTC) challenge grant of $50,000 announced yesterday. ASC’s Annual Fund Drive, which currently stands at $7.1 million ends Monday, March 29. Donations to ASC can be made securely at www.ArtsAndScience.org

ASC will receive both challenge grants if they reach the $7.3 million goal.

“We are deeply supportive of ASC and their investments in quality arts and culture education programs that help increase academic achievement for children in our community,” said Leon Levine.  “We are optimistic that our challenge, coupled with FFTC’s, will make a greater case for Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and companies to support ASC’s campaign.  They need to make their goal.”

“The Levine’s exemplify the best in philanthropic leadership and ASC is grateful for their generosity,” said ASC President Scott Provancher.

The Arts & Science Council has been hailed as one of the largest United Arts Funds in the U.S.  While the 2010 campaign has been challenged by the lagging economy, there have been exciting individual and corporate increases in giving.

The campaign, originally set to conclude on March 15, was extended until March 29 when the campaign was at $6.3 million on March 11. Over the past two weeks, ASC has raised an additional $800,000.

Madelyn Caple, senior vice president, regional director for Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company and Tom Zweng, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs for Presbyterian Healthcare are co-chairing the campaign.

About Leon Levine Foundation:

The Leon Levine Foundation is an independent private foundation dedicated to improving the human condition in the areas of education, healthcare, Jewish religion and human services.

About Arts & Science Council:

The Arts & Science Council is a non-profit organization that serves and supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg's cultural community through grant-making, planning, fundraising, programs and services to creative individuals, neighborhood cultural projects, cultural education and institutions reflective of our diverse population to ensure a vibrant community enriched with arts, science, history and heritage.

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