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East Texas symphony hopeful for Giving Tuesday donations

East Texas Symphony Orchestra offices in Downtown Tyler. (Source: KLTV News Staff). East Texas Symphony Orchestra offices in Downtown Tyler. (Source: KLTV News Staff).
ETSO members practice before a 2016 performance (Source: KLTV  News Staff). ETSO members practice before a 2016 performance (Source: KLTV News Staff).
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

East Texas nonprofit groups are hoping donors turn out in big numbers as part of Giving Tuesday.

The day devoted to charitable acts has groups turning to the community for help, so that programs many look forward to using continue.

The East Texas Symphony Orchestra is participating in Giving Tuesday for its second year. Music director and conductor Richard Lee said nonprofit groups like ETSO need to come together on efforts like Giving Tuesday.

He explained what the donated money will help fund.

"There are a lot of moving parts, there are a lot of musicians, they tend to be production of higher ticket items, but we have ed programs, we do a kids show that we're doing this year," Lee said.

About 22 percent of ticket sales cover costs, so donations, Lee said, are critical to their survival.

"If donations vanish, we vanish," Lee said.

He added that the ETSO differs from traditional symphony orchestras in the type of music selected including a concert earlier in 2016 featuring rock music.

"There's going to be one or two shows that have this broad appeal that everyone in town and region will be able to pick and choose what they want to come to and really enjoy it," Lee said.

A survey of past Giving Tuesday donors show most gave $10 or less. Some agencies participating in Giving Tuesday in the Tyler area include Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, East Texas Crisis Center, East Texas Food Bank, Alzheimer's Alliance, and many more.

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