COVID-19 Fund Provides Nearly $140,000 of Musician Relief

December 9, 2021

Thanks to All Who Donated to the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund.

To date, nearly $140,000 was disbursed to Local 72-147 members who had applied for assistance and suffered the most significant losses of income due to the shutdowns of the Pandemic. This was made possible by individual’s donations and Local 72-147’s investment in the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Fund was also supported by special fundraiser concert last May performed by musicians of the Dallas Symphony joined by many musicians of the MET Opera Orchestra, who had spent most of the Pandemic without employment. Much thanks go to Dallas Symphony Association President Kim Noltemy and Music Director Fabio Luisi for their work in making this event a reality.

This show of support and generosity, combined with the Local’s investment in the fund, has enabled us to help each other and come together as a union in our industry’s darkest hour.

While we cannot replace what has been lost, this fund has enabled us to help members with some bills, cover a portion of rent, or buy groceries, as we have stood together to survive this difficult time. We have heard back from many of those who have received aid from the Fund, and about how relieved and grateful they have been to have had some help.

A special thanks go to all the contributors to the Fund.  The many gifts to the fund have truly made a difference. Donors, you have shown leadership, compassion, generosity, and selflessness through your help.

On behalf of those who have been able to sustain themselves a bit longer because of your assistance, thank you.


Gifts listed have been contributed between March 27, 2020 & July 1, 2021


Gifts Up to $99

Linda Atwell
Jeffrey Barnes
in memory of Joe Pat Hennen
Nathan Boaz
Brian Brown
William Cooksey
Latoya Cooper
Suneetha D’Apice
Maristella Feustle
M A Gilmore
Kelly Himes
Ron Jones
Kelton Kirschenmann
Peggy Larson
Reid Lettie
Ann MacMillan
Stacie Mickens
Buddy Mohmed
Ralph Morgan
Jane Owen
Steve and Cinde Pettey
Kim Platko
Jeff Rowland
Lynn Seaton
Carmen Segarra
Emma Siteman
Rosalyn Story
Jonas Thoms
Karen Victor in memory of Milton Gold
Tracy Wehrmann
Hollis Wilkins
Tsung-Hsuan Yang

Gifts of $100 to $249

Alton Adkins
Pamela Askew
Tom Booth
in the name of Ralph Canapa
Don Bozeman
Kareen Britt
Larry Brunelle
Chris Chapin
Lesley Cleary
Dan and Colleen Clower
Marilyn & Tim D’Auteuil
Christine DeRose
Valerie Dimond
Roger Dismore
Roland Elbert
Daniel Florio
Karen Foster
Robert Froehner
James Gaertner
James Gilyard
Todd Gow
Mike Hayes
Doug Howard and Rogene Russell
Ed Jones
Ken Krause
Mara LaViola
Don Little
Kimberley Luevano
Izumi Lund
Claudia Lynch
Chuck Mandernach
Jennifer McElroy
Elizabeth Morrow
Mara Moskowitz
Heather Paterson-Pearson
John Racina
Christine Rewolinski
Breggett Rideau
Sonja Ryberg
Helen Schenk
Donna Schmidt
William Scobie
John Scott
Michael Shih
Carrie Simpson
Steve Stroud
Jon Stutler
Lauren Vogel Weiss
Brian Warthen
David Watsky
Cheryl Wilkinson
Stewart Williams
Eric Zukoski

Gifts from  $250 to $550

Steve Begnoche
Debbie Brooks
Kelly Cornell
Thomas A Demer
Margaret Fischer
Gayane Fullford
John and Janine Geisel
Peter & Barbara Grenier
Barney McCollum
Paul Metzger
Christopher Runk
Karen Schnackenberg
Robert Schietroma
John Scott
Ted Soluri
Evonne Swartzendruber
Lauren VogelWeiss
Katie Wolber

Gifts from $600 to $10,000

The American Harp Society in Dallas
Sue Bancroft
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Players Assembly
Don Henley
Deborah Mashburn
Terry McGarrity

Gifts of $10,000 and Above

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Players Association
Dallas Symphony & MET Orchestra Special Concert Fundraiser

In Addition, These Generous Gifts Have Been Made to the
in response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Barbara Allen
William Collins III
Thomas Demer
Ray Hair
Andrej Kapica
Terry McGarrity
Mike and Pat McPherson
Jane Owen
Jill Shafer
in memory of George Studdard
Pamela Washburn