Long Beach’s Farmers & Merchants Bank launches new “Symphony Checking” program

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long-beach-symphony-orchestra farmers & merchants bank symphony checkingThe Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that Long Beach’s Farmers & Merchants Bank has launched a new fundraising program called “Symphony Checking” that could raise an additional $200,000 for LBSO.

When symphony supporters open new qualified accounts at F&M Bank, the bank will donate $200 to the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.  The bank’s goal for the program is 1,000 new accounts, which will generate $200,000.

Farmers & Merchants CEO, W. Henry Walker announced the Symphony Checking program at the recent Long Beach Symphony POPS! Concert, as an addition to the bank’s ongoing major funding as the Long Beach Symphony Pops! Series Sponsor, plus its recent $100,000 contribution to LBSO’s sustainability fund.

“The arts are a very rich part of the fabric of Long Beach and depend on companies like ours for support,” explains Walker. “F&M remains unwavering in its support for remarkable cultural institutions such as the Long Beach Symphony.”

“This is an opportunity for ALL community members to help keep their Orchestra strong for a number of reasons: quality entertainment, economic development, city image, and to maintain a resource for schools at all levels that draw upon its music-education programming and performances.  You can leverage a cash contribution to the Orchestra that doesn’t cost you anything, while gaining the security of California’s strongest bank,” says Robert C. Jones, LBSO Executive Director.

To open a new Symphony Checking account, contact your local Farmers & Merchants branch. To locate the nearest F&M Bank branch, visit the Farmers & Merchants Bank’s website.

Farmers & Merchants Bank has served as a pillar in the Long Beach community for over 100 years, earning the recognition of being the strongest bank in California and one of the safest banks in the country. F&M has maintained a conservative approach to banking but a very generous approach to giving and supporting the community. C.J. Walker founded the bank  in 1907 in downtown Long Beach with a philanthropic spirit to give back to the community. Four generations later, the Walker family continues to manage and operate the bank with C.J.’s core mission in mind.

Established in 1935, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 75th Anniversary during the 2009-2010 season. Each year the LBSO draws loyal audiences from the greater metro area to its six Classics concerts in the Terrace Theater, four Symphony POPS! events in the Long Beach Arena and two Holiday Celebration concerts in the Terrace Theater. The orchestra works with the Long Beach Unified School District to provide sequential, curriculum based music education opportunities throughout the year. Through its comprehensive music-education programs—including professional ensembles in elementary and middle schools and widely acclaimed symphony concerts for young people—LBSO has historically reached as many as 50,000 students a year.

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