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The Grand Rapids Foundation
A Deep Commitment to the Arts

In 1923, Stanley C. Hall played the cello with an orchestral group which eventually became known as the Grand Rapids Symphony. He and other donors to the Grand Rapids Foundation appreciated The Foundation's long-standing support of the arts and culture in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Stanley Hall always loved music. He started playing the cello when he was just 14, after his Sunday school teacher encouraged him to play, and by the time he was 18, he had saved enough money to buy his own. In 1923, as a senior in high school, Hall joined what was known then as just a group of musicians. They later became known as the Grand Rapids Symphony, and Hall performed with them for the next 25 years.

Although he was an accountant by profession, Stanley lived for music, also playing with the Kalamazoo Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony in Florida. As a donor to The Grand Rapids Foundation, he believed in offering opportunities for other people who also long to use their musical talents through organizations like the Grand Rapids Symphony.

The Grand Rapids Foundation has a tradition of supporting the arts and culture in the greater Grand Rapids area. In 1937, The Foundation was able to make its first grant of $300 to the Grand Rapids Symphony Society. Most recently, the Symphony received a $40,000 grant to build an orchestra shell for their outdoor summer performances. The Grand Rapids Foundation has funneled more than $8 million to arts-related organizations since 1937, and through such support, many people can experience the beauty, harmony, and wonder of our world through artistic expression and appreciation.

75 YEARS (1922-1997)

Help us prepare for the next 75 years of caring for community needs in the greater Grand Rapids area. Call 454-1751 for more information on ways you can support The Grand Rapids Foundation.

Funding for this postcard series was provided by Michigan National Bank and Old Kent Bank.

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