As the saying goes, the best things in life are free. I happen to think that they are often also worth paying for, or at least supporting financially. This year Rush Hour is conducting a fundraiser in conjunction with the Irving Harris Foundation aimed at donors under 40. The goal is to raise $5,000, which the Harris Foundation will match, meaning your gift is doubled ($50 becomes $100, $25 becomes $50, and so on.) Gifts will go toward Rush Hour’s basic operating costs, helping keep admission and refreshments free of charge.

During my time volunteering for Rush Hour, I have been struck by the enthusiasm these concerts inspire in series devotees and random drop-ins alike. I have also been impressed by the increasing number of young people attending concerts (approximately 20% of our audience each week is under 40).

I decided to donate to the under-40 match simply because I see how important Rush Hour is to people. And I want it to remain such that anyone can come by the Cathedral on a summer Tuesday afternoon, throw back some snacks, and hear a concert of the highest quality. Of course, it should be free. But I think it’s also worth paying for. If you agree, then I urge you to contribute, too.

– Charles Cooney
Treasurer, Fanfare Committee

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