As many of you know, the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation was formed more than 25 years ago for the purpose of building an endowment that would provide ongoing, annual financial support to the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.  “Way back when” the founding members of the Symphony Foundation board of directors embraced the idea that annual support provided by the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation would help the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra to make ends meet.  Donations came in earmarked for the Symphony Foundation and the Foundation went from an idea to a reality.  Over the years, support for the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation has grown and so has its fund balance.  As the fund balance grows, so does the Foundation’s annual support to the Orchestra.

At the time of this writing, the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation fund balance is over $1.5 million dollars- a new high dollar level for this organization.  There are many people who have contributed to the fund over the years whose support was critical to the growth of the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation.  We truly appreciate every donation we receive, large or small, and want to recognize and thank everyone who has made the Foundation the success it is.

One person who never failed to inspire me with her vision, humor and support for the Grand Junction Symphony was Anita Johnson, who passed away in 2020.

Anita Johnson, 1925-2020

You may remember Anita from her time as a member of the Grand Junction Symphony Guild, or perhaps you knew her from her many years at Johnson’s House of Flowers. No matter how you met her, Anita had a way of making her presence known.  I had the opportunity to visit with Anita on several occasions over the years. Her passion for learning and living was infectious and inspiring.  She delighted me with candid observations and funny stories. She seemed to relish having “the last word” in our visits.  We were pleasantly surprised when we learned Anita had left a large gift to the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation upon her passing, once again Anita had the last word.  Her gift helped put us over the $1.5 million dollar balance. I think she would be pleased with the growth of the Grand Junction Symphony Foundation and its related support for the Orchestra.

The Grand Junction Symphony Foundation’s primary objective is a simple one: grow the fund balance so that the annual financial gift to the Symphony can grow.  If you haven’t already, please consider joining Anita Johnson and the GJ Symphony Foundation board members in helping us continue the growth in our fund balance.  For more information about how you can help, feel free to contact me through the GJSO office or Kristin Lynch at the Western Colorado Community Foundation office.

Michael McCormick
Chair, GJSF Board of Directors