The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra received the largest gift in its 44-year history at the end of 2012: a $1-million challenge gift from Pasadena residents Terri and Jerry Kohl. Their challenge was met by two anonymous gifts, totaling an additional $1 million.
The $2-million grand total provides the foundation for the orchestra's new Cornerstone Campaign, a major gifts and endowment initiative for the orchestra.
Founders of Brighton, the successful Southern California-based women's accessories company, the Kohls became Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra subscribers in 2007.
“Terri and I are deeply upset that many orchestras around the country have been struggling due to difficult economic times,” Jerry Kohl said in a statement. “We want to see the arts in Los Angeles thrive and challenge others to help make that a reality.”
-- Times Community News