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WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF PHILANTHROPY OFFICER The Winston-Salem Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Wallace-Meggs as Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). The CPO is responsible for securing revenues required to support institutional operating requirements and is an integral member of the Symphony’s executive leadership team, working closely with the Board of Directors and supervising fundraising staff.

“We are very excited to welcome Kent to our team,” said E. Merritt Vale, President and CEO of the Symphony. “His extensive experience in fundraising and marketing is a tremendous asset to our organization as we launch our 70th Anniversary Season and as we continue to focus on a number of transformational strategic initiatives and fundraising efforts.”

After graduating from the College of Charleston School of Business Administration with a B.S. degree, Wallace-Meggs has spent the majority of his career working in Los Angeles, California. Following his work in the corporate world, he entered the non-profit arena as a marketing and communications manager for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, followed by the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County and Beyond Shelter. Wallace-Meggs then became Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Green USA. While there, he produced Global Green USA’s 10th anniversary fundraising galas in Los Angeles and New York City, honoring Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and Green Cross International.

Wallace-Meggs was then retained as part of an executive “turnaround” team in a newly created position of Chief Development Officer for Bienvenidos, an organization that provides a wide range of social services for children and their families. In that role, he implemented a sustainable fundraising program and guided development of revenue generating social enterprise ventures, increasing resource development threefold. Most recently, Wallace-Meggs served as Executive Director of the Virginia Avenue Project where he was engaged by the Board of Directors to evaluate the entire organization and plan for its future due to the founder’s retirement. The Virginia Avenue Project provides free after- and in-school programs using the arts, in conjunction with long-term, one-on-one mentoring, to give children the skills to think creatively, critically, and courageously about life goals and choices.

HPU TO HOST EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL’S YOUNG ARTIST BAND High Point University will host an evening of patriotic music with the Eastern Music Festival, an annual event held on campus. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 18 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center.

The event is open to the public. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available by emailing reservations@ highpoint.edu or calling 336-841-9209. Professional dress is required.

The performance will include lively and entertaining pieces from America’s musical history presented by the Eastern Music Festival’s Young Artist Band. Selections include excerpts from “The Star Spangled Banner,” “The Glory of the Yankee Navy,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and much more.

In its 55th year, the Eastern Music Festival promotes musical enrichment, excellence, professional collaboration, innovation and diversity through a nationally recognized teaching program, music festival, concerts and other programs. It features accomplished faculty and students, exhilarating repertoire, worldrenowned visiting artists and extensive community outreach to create one of the country’s finest summer educational institutions and performance festivals.

Attendees should enter campus from North Centennial Street at Montlieu Avenue/International Avenue. Parking for the event is available behind Hayworth Fine Arts Center. !

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