The orchestra on Wednesday, Nov. 8, announced the Smuckers' gift, which is in celebration of the institution's 100th season. A "significant portion" of their gift also will support funds for the orchestra's future, including its endowment, according to a news release. It's the second-largest gift in the orchestra's history, behind a $20 million gift from the Maltz Family Foundation in October 2010.
The Smuckers are designating $3 million of their total pledge as challenge grants, which will be used "to inspire the Northeast Ohio community to support the orchestra as the ensemble enters its second century of musical excellence and community engagement," according to the release.
"Emily and I love the Cleveland Orchestra. The work these musicians do inspires audiences and young people throughout our community, across the nation, and around the world," Richard Smucker said in a statement. "From my own life experience, I know that music has the power to change lives. It has transformed how I think about the world, and I revel in the experience of sharing a performance with family and friends, all of us together. I find myself renewed through music."