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In brief: Arts fund raised half a million dollars

By , - Last modified: May 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The Harrisburg-based Cultural Enrichment Fund recently announced it raised $514,016 from area businesses and individuals.

The money will go toward local art and cultural organizations, according to a news release.

"I was amazed by the breadth and support for arts in the capital region," said Taylor Ranker, campaign chairman and owner and vice president of Ranker-Hanshaw Wealth Management in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. "Even though our campaign got off to a slow start due to the fall flooding, we were able to make up ground and close a successful campaign."

The board of directors and 85 volunteers worked on the campaign, the release stated.

Funds will be allocated to the following organizations:

Art Association of Harrisburg, based in Harrisburg, $15,743.

• Arts for All Initiative (grants pending), based in Harrisburg, $25,000.

Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Inc., based in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, $11,445.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, based in Carlisle, $50,493.

Danzante, based in Harrisburg, $4,037.

Gamut Theatre Group, based in Harrisburg, $13,471.

Harrisburg Symphony Association, based in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, $78,753.

Market Square Concerts, based in Harrisburg, $9,436.

• Ngozi Inc., based in Harrisburg, $2,813.

Open Stage of Harrisburg, based in Harrisburg, $19,155.

Susquehanna Art Museum, based in Harrisburg, $17,404.

Susquehanna Chorale, based in Derry Township, Dauphin County, $7,393.

Theatre Harrisburg, based in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, $21,568.

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, based in Harrisburg, $24,236.

Applications are being accepted for the Arts for All Initiative fund through May 15 and can be found at

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