Vienna, Virginia (August 3, 2015) — Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced that The PNC Foundation, in conjunction with the PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), will continue as the premier sponsor of the Wolf Trap summer season for a 10th consecutive year. PNC and Wolf Trap have signed a multi-year commitment that extends the partnership through Summer 2017. PNC also will continue to support Wolf Trap’s educational initiatives.
Each summer Wolf Trap and PNC work together to create memorable experiences for the hundreds of thousands of music lovers who come to enjoy music under the stars at America’s only national park for the performing arts. Promotions include ticket giveaways and prize packs, employee engagement events and special evenings dedicated to local educators.
“Wolf Trap is a national treasure whose programming attracts and enchants audiences throughout the region,” said PNC Bank Regional President Michael N. Harreld. “Our support of such a first-class institution demonstrates our shared commitment to the arts, early childhood education and enhancing the quality of life of our local residents.”
As part of its support for Wolf Trap Foundation, PNC helps sustain the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Foundation’s nationally recognized, research-based early childhood arts education program. PNC funds Wolf Trap Foundation’s education work both through underwriting of Wolf Trap Institute, and through local-level gifts to Wolf Trap Institute’s Affiliates in Washington, D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Western Pennsylvania.
Underwriting for the Institute aligns with PNC’s signature philanthropic initiative, PNC Grow Up Great, a multi-year, $350 million program to prepare America’s children for success in school and life. On Aug. 6, PNC will host its Washington area PNC Grow Up Great and community grantee partners at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center for an early childhood networking event, followed by a celebratory dinner and concert.
One of the largest financial institutions in the United States, PNC first began operations in Greater Washington in 2005. To establish its presence in the nation’s capital, PNC partnered with well-regarded institutions, including Wolf Trap and the Washington Nationals. PNC began as the Official Sponsor of Wolf Trap’s free, annual Summer Blast-Off! fireworks display in 2005, before expanding its financial backing to become the Premier Sponsor of Wolf Trap’s summer season and an underwriter of Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
“PNC plays an integral role in harnessing the power of the performing arts to enrich our community, through support of our work on stage and in classrooms across the country,” said Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation. “PNC is an outstanding corporate citizen, and on behalf of the Foundation, I thank them for 10 outstanding years of partnership.”
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
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