The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra raised $2,518,000 in its annual fund drive this year, making its goal for the seventh straight year and achieving a 17 percent increase over last year's final figure of $2,150,000.
The drive's success required a bit of drama at the end. In July, a $50,000 challenge grant from Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff was offered when the BSO projected a $200,000 shortfall from its goal of $2,500,000.
Since July, 813 people answered the challenge with $203,275. John Gidwitz, executive director, praised the "heroic efforts" of "hundreds of Baltimoreans who reaffirmed their support for a symphony orchestra of the highest international standards."