Symphony Gives (and Gives) Week

Symphony Gives (and Gives) Week

May 4 through 10—Donate, Get a Prize AND Give to Our Community

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Symphony Gives Week prizes have become a popular tradition at the California Symphony. We’ve recognized your generosity with fun prizes like branded pens, bumper stickers, and even M&Ms with Donato’s face on them—and together we’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

This year, like you, we want to do more to help our community, and so we’re taking the giving a step further. We invite you to help us raise $50,000 for the California Symphony and its music education programs AND give 500 cloth masks to local essential workers and community groups.

During this one-week campaign, May 4 through 10, your gift supports the orchestra musicians and boosts the futures of under-served, at-risk students right here in the Bay Area. And when you give $100 or more, we’ll send YOU a handmade cloth face mask AND we’ll distribute another in your name to help essential workers and volunteers in our local community.

How It Works

Made of 100% cotton, double layered. According to the CDC, wearing cloth face masks is recommended to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by people infected with the virus. Fabric may be different than shown. Cloth masks do not meet FDA requirements for Surgical or N95 respirator masks and they do not give the same protection as medical-grade masks.

Donate $100 and we’ll send you a hand-made, music-themed cloth face mask AND we’ll deliver another mask in your name to one of the local partner organizations listed below.

For every additional $100, we’ll gift one more face mask in your name.

$1000 = One cloth face mask for you +10 donated

$5000 = One cloth face mask for you + 50 donated

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Want to help by making face masks? Email info@californiasymphony.org or call 925.280.2490.


Meet Your Partners

These wonderful organizations are excited to benefit from your Symphony Gives Week gift.

Hospice of the East Bay

John Muir Health

Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center

Lindsay Wildlife Experience

White Pony Express

What an inspiring project. Thanks to the generosity of California Symphony donors, White Pony Express will be able to include basic protective gear in our deliveries of nutritious food to some of the most vulnerable members of our community. I look forward to continued work together as we grow this remarkable circle of giving! — Eve Birge—Executive Director, White Pony Express


Special Donor Benefits

We tell our donors how much we love them throughout the year with special events and gifts. Here are a few examples of benefits at different levels of support.

$5000+     Attend an exclusive and intimate “Symphony Family Dinner” with Music Director Donato Cabrera and California Symphony Musicians

$2500+     Meet Symphony guest artists at private receptions (including one immediately after the May season finale)

$1000+     Enjoy hosted intermission wine receptions at every concert in the season

$500+       Invitations to sit on stage next to musicians at selected rehearsals

$250+       Receive a special CD recording of California Symphony this year that’s not commercially available

$100+       Cloth face mask and your name in the program for a year