Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $3 Million to Support WORDS & MUSIC

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $3 Million to Support WORDS & MUSIC

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) recently received a $1 million gift from the Lauridsen Family Foundation in support of the Company's Words & Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign.

Other leadership gifts have been received from Charlotte and Fred Hubbell, Nancy Main, Kathleen Picken, Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey, Ardene and Bob Downing, The Laverty Foundation and Cherie and Bob Shreck. The $3.5 million campaign was begun in June of 2016 and in less than a year more than $3 million has been raised.

The Words & Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign will support the restoration and expansion of DMMO's headquarters-the historic Carnegie Library in Indianola, Iowa-to better support the Company's performances and its education and community engagement efforts. DMMO has owned the Carnegie Library since it purchased the facility from the City of Indianola in 1985. The integrity of this historic library will be maintained while renovating, upgrading and expanding the facility to enhance rehearsal space, create new community engagement areas and improve accessibility, efficiency and productivity for DMMO staff, artists and volunteers.

The Lauridsen Family Foundation is the Season Presenting Sponsor for Des Moines Metro Opera's current 45th Anniversary Season and has a distinguished history of philanthropy, supporting a number of arts, culture and social service organizations across Des Moines. "DMMO continues to build upon a rapidly expanding reputation for artistic excellence, both in Des Moines and across the United States. The organization has seen tremendous growth in recent years. Nix and I are pleased to support that growth through our gift to the Words & Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign. We hope that others will do the same," said Virginia Croskery Lauridsen. The Lauridsen Family Foundation has also provided leadership support for DMMO's premiere of a new performing edition of Benjamin Britten's rarely performed Billy Budd during the 2017 Summer Festival Season.

Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director of Des Moines Metro Opera, said, "This generous support from our most loyal donors is a great boost to our efforts. Their philanthropy in support of DMMO has launched our campaign in the most positive way and encouraged others to support the campaign as well. We currently have raised over $3 million of the $3.5 million goal. We will be forever grateful to them. As we prepare to launch our ambitious 45th Summer Festival Season, the success of the campaign thus far puts tremendous wind in our sails."