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Fall campaign drive will help bring CJO to Upper Arlington

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Local and regional arts groups have launched a partnership to bring the Columbus Jazz Orchestra back to Upper Arlington next summer.

The Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission and Greater Columbus Arts Council on Oct. 17 answered the Charlotte, N.C.-based Arts & Science Council's call to join a national Power2Give fundraising campaign.

With help from corporate sponsors, the campaign will run through Jan. 11 to solicit donations to support arts and cultural arts projects in 20 regions throughout the country.

In central Ohio, fundraisers have been established for more than 30 events or organizations, including ones to be hosted at Franklin Park Conservatory and the Columbus Children's Theatre.

Donors can visit power2give.org/franklincountyoh to see the full listing and make contributions to specific programs or performances.

In Upper Arlington, the cause is Jazz in July.

The campaign seeks to raise $8,000 in private donations to bring the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to the city's Northwest Kiwanis Amphitheater at Sunny 95 Park on July 24 for the final concert of the 2014 Music in the Park program. The annual music series is sponsored by the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division and the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission; each concert is free to attend.

Cardinal Health will provide a $1 match for every dollar donated through the campaign.

"The Greater Columbus Arts Council really is making an effort to put the greater in Greater Columbus Arts Council," said Tim Moloney, Upper Arlington Parks & Recreation Department director. "They want to reach out and work with suburban communities to bring the arts to them.

"Through this effort, we're going to be able to bring a prominent group such as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to Upper Arlington for a special and intimate performance. It will be the culmination of our summer concert series, and we're able to do it because of this fundraising campaign."

Jami Goldstein, a GCAC spokeswoman, said Power 2 Give is designed to mobilize individual donor bases. She said online fundraising is the "new frontier" for such causes.

Additionally, she said the GCAC joined Power 2 Give because it provides donors with opportunities to support specific events or organizations that interest them.

"We want transparency by the (partner) organizations," Goldstein said. "We want people to understand exactly where these proceeds are going.

"This also is an expansion for us. This is not just for arts and cultural organizations. This is to support nonprofit organizations."

As of 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25, the Jazz in July fundraiser had received $460.

"We want people to help put the jazz back in July," Moloney said. "We were fortunate to have (the Columbus Jazz Orchestra) last year in the same venue, and it set all types of attendance records.

"We're expecting the same this year."

Additional information about Power 2 Give and the Jazz in July campaign is available at power2give.org/franklincountyoh.

Moloney said the 2014 Music in the Park series tentatively is slated for each Thursday night from June 5 through July 24 at the Northwest Kiwanis Park Amphitheater. A complete list of performances is expected to be announced early in 2014, and additional information about the series will be included in the spring/summer installment of the Upper Arlington Activity Guide.

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