A2SO Appoints Jennifer Balch Hale as Director of Development & Donor Services, 8/1

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its newest staff member, Jennifer Balch Hale, who takes on the position of Director of Development & Donor Services August 1, 2016.

Hale, a proud Ann Arbor Townie, brings to the A2SO over 26 years of non-profit organization experience, and a specialization in donor relations, development, planned and endowment giving, and stewardship. Active in Washtenaw County, Hale has most recently worked as Growing Hope's Development Director and remains active there as a volunteer. Previously, she was Development Officer the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, where she served in various roles over the course of 15 years. Jennie has served as an active volunteer for Neutral Zone, Friends of the Pioneer Choirs, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, YMCA Teen Programming Committee and Strong Kids Campaigns, and Eberwhite Elementary School PTO. She is currently on the Board of the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark and the Foundation Officer on the Ann Arbor Delta Gamma Alumnae Board.

"Jennie's experience in, enthusiasm for, and dedication to bridging donor's heart-felt dreams and visions to the needs, dreams, and visions of the non-profit organization is tremendous and comes at a time when the A2SO is growing its number of concerts - on stage and in area classrooms and libraries," said A2SO Executive Director Mary Steffek Blaske. "She understands the synergy among providing top-quality music, connecting with community and financial sustainability. She comes at a growth time when the A2SO is expanding its services in Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland and western Wayne Counties. We are glad that she is bringing her energy, development expertise, knowledge of the community and passion for music to the A2SO."

Hale arrives during a harvest of A2SO's Taste of Music farmer's market concerts throughout the tri-county area, subscriptions and single tickets are being mailed to

concert-goers, and final details are being honed for the outstanding 2016-17 concert season.

"I am honored to work for one of the most well-respected organizations in the Ann Arbor area. The Symphony means so much to me, personally, and is truly one of Ann Arbor's treasures. I am so excited to work toward ensuring it continues to deliver the highest-quality musical experience and to helping 'make the Music happen!'" said Hale.

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