FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 27, 2023) – The Southwest Florida Symphony, Lee County’s only professional orchestra and the fourth oldest in the state, was recently awarded a $7,500 grant from Suncoast Credit Union, a full-service community credit union with branches throughout Florida. The funds were used toward hosting a free interactive performance by the symphony for nearly 1,300 Lee County elementary school students at Fort Myers high school on Feb. 28. Narration for the special concert was provided by Robert Van Winkle, the Southwest Florida Symphony’s community outreach ambassador. 

“We are extremely grateful for this generous grant from Suncoast Credit Union that will allow us to introduce the next generation of youth in our community to classical music performed by some of the world’s most talented musicians in our orchestra,” said Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. “These concerts provide the opportunity to create once-in-a-lifetime educational experiences that spark appreciation and inspiration in young minds.”     

For more information about the Southwest Florida Symphony, upcoming season performances and subscription and ticketing information, visit or call 239-418-1500.

About Suncoast Credit Union

Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 10th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $16.3 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 75 full-service branches and serves more than one million members in 40 counties across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $40 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit or follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Southwest Florida Symphony

The Southwest Florida Symphony made its debut as a community orchestra on April 15, 1961, playing in schools and community centers, with a roster of only 24 volunteer musicians. Today, the symphony boasts a roster of 70 world-class musicians, and is Lee County’s only fully professional orchestra. The Southwest Florida Symphony’s 62nd year continues the orchestra’s tradition of artistic excellence as newly appointed Music Director Maestro Radu Paponiu leads his inaugural season of spectacular performances. Maestro Paponiu, the sixth music director in the organization’s history, also serves as the associate conductor and youth orchestra director for the Naples Philharmonic in addition to guest-conducting with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe. To learn more, visit or call 239-418-1500.

Amy Ginsburg, Southwest Florida Symphony, 239-418-0996,
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