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MAJOR GIFTS LAUNCH CINCINNATI BALLET'S MILLENNIAL CAMPAIGN.

CINCINNATI--Leadership gifts totaling $3.9 million from some of this city's most important philanthropists have given Cincinnati Ballet a jump start on its $7 million Twenty-first Century Campaign. The campaign is expected to conclude within eighteen to twenty-four months, John Zurick, the company's executive director, said.

The gifts include $1.5 million from businessman and arts patron Otto M. Budig and $1 million each from the Kaplan Foundation of arts supporters Stanley and Mickey Kaplan, and former Procter & Gamble executive James M. Ewell. Close to $400,000 in combined gifts, whose donors include such longtime company supporters as the Charles Levinson family and Thomas E Buck, complete the current initiative.

Some monies are designated to maintain live orchestral accompaniment for all performances. The campaign will earmark $4.5 million for the ballet's endowment, Zurick said. The remaining $2.5 million is for capital improvements, including a major expansion of the company's downtown studios and school. Construction is tentatively set to start in September 2000. A satellite school in a northeastern Cincinnati suburb is Doug Varone expected to open this month.
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Author:LIGHT, JANET
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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