DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—The DuPage Foundation and Friends of the Band, Inc. are pleased to announce the establishment of the Wheaton Municipal Band Endowment Fund. With an initial contribution of $50,000 from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation, the Wheaton Municipal Band Endowment Fund will provide long-term support and ensure that the illustrious history of the Band continues for generations.
“Establishing the Wheaton Municipal Band Endowment Fund with the DuPage Foundation is a major step toward providing for the Band’s future,” said Ed Rylko, president of Friends of the Band, Inc. “We are grateful to the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation for being the catalyst and providing initial funding, essentially playing the first note of a new march that will play for countless years to come.”
“We are honored to see the creation of an endowment fund for the Wheaton Municipal Band and appreciate the efforts of the many people who have brought this to a reality,” said Dr. Bruce Moss, music director and conductor. “The Band is a special and unique treasure for the city of Wheaton.”
The DuPage Foundation prides itself on its community partnerships and strives to be a resource for helping area not-for-profits establish dependable revenue streams and effective planned giving programs. One way we facilitate this is through our Agency Endowment Program. The creation of an Agency Fund through the DuPage Foundation is a simple, yet powerful tool which can provide area organizations with a number of benefits. To date, the Foundation is pleased to provide stewardship of endowment funds for more than 50 agency partners.
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About the Wheaton Municipal Band
Founded in 1930 with only 19 musicians, the Wheaton Municipal Band, with the financial support of the City of Wheaton, Illinois and the not-for-profit Friends of the Band, Inc., has grown into one of the finest organizations of its type in existence today. The dynamic leadership and vision of Music Director Bruce Moss, coupled with the tremendous support from the City of Wheaton, the Municipal Band Commission, Wheaton Park District, the Board of Directors and the Friends of the Band, Inc., has brought the band national and international recognition. The band has often been featured in newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald, and the Instrumentalist. The ensemble has also been highlighted in several television programs, including Two on Two, produced by WBBM-TV, and several cable television programs.
For more information about the Wheaton Municipal Band, please visit its website at www.wheatonmunicipalband.org.
About Friends of the Band, Inc.
The Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band was established in 1995 to raise additional funds for the Band and to supplement funds provided by the City of Wheaton. The group is comprised of enthusiastic and dedicated area resident volunteers, who work diligently each summer on various fundraising activities. The spirit of support and common purpose among the volunteers has resulted in not only a friendship for the Band, but also friendship within the group. Incorporated in Illinois, The Friends of the Band, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
For more information about the Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band, or the Wheaton Municipal Band Endowment Fund, please contact Ed Rylko, president, at 630.432.4612 or FriendsOfTheWMB@gmail.com.
For more information about the Friends of the Wheaton Municipal Band, please visit its website at www.wheatonmunicipalband.org/friends.html.
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About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to approximately $64 million and awarded more than $26 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.
Established in 1986, the DuPage Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities.
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