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Charlotte arts group aims for $11.2 million

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a nod to the faltering economy, the Arts and Science Council in Charlotte will hold its 2009 fundraising goal to $11.2 million, the same as its 2008 goal.

“In setting a campaign goal flat to last year, we are trying to balance sensitivity to the community during the current economic climate with recognition that the funds ASC raises are crucially important to cultural partners and activities across Charlotte-Mecklenburg,” Lee Keesler, the group’s president and CEO, says in a statement.

The organization exceeded its goal last year, raising a total of $11,224,626.

Money raised during the council’s annual fund drive is used to boost arts and cultural education, artists, neighborhood projects and science and cultural organizations.

The six-week campaign, which ends March 6, involves a number of fundraising events, including a raffle for tickets to the Super Bowl, a book fair sponsored by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and a restaurant day during which local eateries donate a portion of their proceeds to the council.

The campaign is co-chaired by Sue Gorman, owner of Sue Gorman Interior Designs, and James Jackson, an executive vice president with Bank of America.

They will head a team of more than 1,300 volunteers from the business and nonprofit sectors.

To contribute to the campaign, call 704.333.2272 or visit the council’s website.

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