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Charlotte arts group seeks $11.5 million

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Arts & Science Council aims to raise $11.2 million during its 2008 annual fund campaign, slightly less than it brought in during its 2007 effort.

The Charlotte-based group, which funds artists, arts-education efforts and arts and science groups in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area, says funds raised in its drive last year will support an estimated $15 million or more in grants and services during the fiscal year that ends June 30.

The group receives additional funding from the city and county governments, the North Carolina Arts Council, and through earnings from its own endowment.

The 2008 annual campaign kicked off Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 28 and will be supported by gifts from local companies, donations from individuals and employee-giving campaigns at more than 400 local businesses.

Local restaurants are teaming up for Restaurant Day, set for Jan. 30, and will donate a percentage of their proceeds for the day to the council’s campaign.

And area Harris Teeter stores will be offering customers $1 and $5 donation cards Jan. 14-28 to raise funds for the council.

This year’s campaign is being led by Ann Caulkins, president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer, and Bob Hambright, CEO of Balfour Beatty Construction.

The council raised $11.5 million during its 2007 annual campaign, with more than seven in 10 dollars coming from individuals and the remainder from foundations and corporations.

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