The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic has been a leader in south central Indiana’s music education activities for more than 30 years. Our capital campaign will provide the resources for the Philharmonic to increase music education opportunities, impacting the lives of students and their families.
Enlarging and upgrading the Philharmonic’s facility to incorporate a community events center, named The Helen Haddad Music, Arts & Event Center will enable music and performing arts organizations to expand their programming in downtown Columbus. We envision opportunities for collaboration, innovative programs and increased community engagement that offer new ways to enrich the lives of those in our community.
Longtime Columbus supporters and philanthropists Bob and Helen Haddad made a groundbreaking lead gift to kick-off the launch of the campaign. In a press conference on June 19th, the Haddads announced a donation of $1 million towards the Philharmonic’s Music Builds Community: A Campaign for Music + Performing Arts to expand the existing conference room into a community events center to be named The Helen Haddad Music, Arts & Event Center.
“The Philharmonic’s music education programs have a positive influence in the lives of those living in and around the Columbus community,” says Helen Haddad. “Having a venue this size will benefit not only the Philharmonic’s music education programs but will offer opportunities for others to enjoy rehearsing and performing in an inviting space.”
This act speaks loudly about the Haddad’s legacy of continued support for the arts and showcases the visionaries they are, both in business and civic-minded matters. The Haddad Foundation’s mission supports the family’s aspiration to inspire others. As a result of the Haddad Foundation’s support of CIP and other community organizations, the resources are available to those inspired individuals enabling them to reach their full potential.
The Philharmonic has experienced this leadership and inspiration from Bob and Helen over many years. Beginning in 1987 with the founding of the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Haddads have participated, supported and provided guidance in evolving the organization. Co-chairing the Philharmonic’s primary endowment drive in the 1990s, the Haddads led the way with a $500,000 challenge gift that resulted in a successful campaign outcome. They have also supported the organization’s extensive education programs in many ways, including providing an annual grant for many years to fund the Education Director staff position.