The Free Press, Mankato, MN

October 10, 2013

Symphony gets $10,000 award for unique fundraiser

The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — The Mankato Symphony Orchestra just got $10,000 richer.

Eide Bailly, which has offices across the country and in Mankato, announced this week the orchestra is the latest recipient of its Non-Profit Resourcefulnness Award. The award — which comes with a check for $10,000 — honors outstanding efforts in revenue generation.

The award was based on the orchestra's Music & Brews initiative, in which attendees were invited to the Mankato Brewery to try both locally brewed beer and a variety of orchestral instruments.

Eide Bailly received 49 submissions from nonprofits across Minnesota. The submissions were scored on creativity of concept, implementation, impact, sustainability and overall impressions. To ensure fairness, outside judges reviewed and scored the entries.

The judges in Minnesota were: Brad Brown of Socentia, Andy Goldman-Gray of Workplace Markets — Greater Twin Cities United Way, and Susan Cornell Wilkes of Adventures in Giving. Additional details about the awards can be found at

The Mankato Symphony has been conducted by Music Director Kenneth Freed since 2006. The symphony performs a wide variety of music for all tastes, including a five-concert symphonic series, a four-concert chamber music series and a family show, Viva Vivaldi, based on the Four Seasons. Their next performance is a chamber music concert Oct. 20.