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Arts groups plan e-philanthropy event

24-hour online fundraiser set for Dec. 12

Mohawk Trail Concerts, the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Artspace Community Arts Center are all involved in Valley Gives, a 24 hour e-philanthropy event organized and hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The goal of Valley Gives is to encourage residents in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties to support their favorite nonprofit organizations.

When donors visit the Valley Gives website on Dec. 12, they will be able to make gifts to their favorite nonprofits. If they cannot access the Web on that day, they can make a pledge beforehand and a credit card will be charged on Dec. 12. The event aims to raise $1 million in 24 hours. The 24-hour fundraising model has been used successfully in other states as an effective way to galvanize new support.

Mohawk Trail Concerts

Mohawk Trail Concerts, founded in 1969, continues to offer a summer concert series in Charlemont, outreach concerts during the other months and education programs in western Franklin County. To donate to Mohawk Trail Concerts on 12/12/12, go to valleygivesday.org.

Pioneer Valley Symphony

Founded in Greenfield in 1939, the Pioneer Valley Symphony performs in Greenfield, Northampton and Amherst. The orchestra draws its audience from the wider Pioneer Valley. The leadership of Music Director Paul Phillips provides professional musical direction for over 200 volunteer musicians. Each year, there are six symphonic concerts that include family, educational and choral programs. Membership in both orchestra and chorus is open to any qualified musician. Participants range in age from high school to retirement years. The orchestra draws from 36 different communities in western Massachusetts, and six communities in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.

To donate to the Pioneer Valley Symphony on 12/12/12, go to valleygives.razoo.com/PVS.

Artspace

Artspace’s mission is to encourage and nurture the appreciation of and participation in the Arts by offering programs and instruction, and by advocating the importance of the arts in education and in the community. Artspace began in 1973 as the Arts Council of Franklin County. It was founded by parents who wanted more in-school and out-of-school arts experiences for their children.

Artspace serves 350 students annually with weekly lessons and classes at its own facility, and through outreach programs. Artspace currently works in partnership with the Greenfield Public Schools by funding and staffing the Strings for Kids program; free, weekly group violin and cello lessons for 3rd through 7th graders. Artspace also has gallery exhibits.

To donate to Artspace’s Strings for Kids programs on 12/12/12, go Artspace’s web page – www.franklyarts.com, or Facebook – Artspace Greenfield, or Twitter.com/franklyarts. There is a Valley Gives connection at each location.

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