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The Friends of the Florence Events Center, festival underwriter, thank all of our sponsors for Winter Music Festival Kids Concert 2020.

For the past 17 years, the Kids Concerts have been the passion of one person, this year’s Winter Music Festival Chairperson Rachel I. Pearson.  Rachel has a passion for volunteering and a busy home life on a 60-acre tree farm, she also makes time for the Siuslaw High School Band among other pursuits.   Without Rachel, the Winter Music Festival would look, and sound, a lot different than it does today.

Thanks to the financial partners highlighted below, the Winter Music Festival stages educational concerts for more than 900 elementary school students from western Lane and northern Douglas counties.  Many of these children would not otherwise attend a professional concert in a top-quality theater.  In addition, the presenting band will perform an outreach concert at the local Florence Elementary School.  Sincerest thanks to the partners noted below.


Mapleton Community Foundation

Long a stalwart of the Winter Music Festival, the Foundation’s past and ongoing support is the foundation of the Kids Concerts.


Florence Kiwanis Club of Florence

Earlier this year, the Florence Kiwanis Club informed the Friends of the Florence Events Center and the Winter Music Festival Committee, of its decision to provide a substantial annual gift in support of the Kids Concerts.  Winter Music Festival Committee members extend heartfelt thanks for making the Kids Concerts a priority.  This support serves to enhance the Kids Concerts and the related classroom-based educational opportunities for Siuslaw, Reedsport, and Mapleton students in music, art, history, and culture. 

The Kiwanis Club of Florence Oregon is a service organization comprised of caring men and women from all walks of life. Our objective is to improve the lives of children and youth in our community.  We conduct several fund-raising projects annually, which provide monetary support for children’s programs throughout our community.  Our personal commitment of time and skill is what makes this possible. Anyone interested in helping our youth succeed, will feel very rewarded as a member or volunteer of Florence Kiwanis.


Elks Lodge #1858 and the Ladies of Elks Lodge #1858

Local Elks Lodge #1858 also has been a long-time supporter of the Winter Music Festival, not to mention a myriad of other community-minded programs.  The support of the Elks is a cornerstone of each year’s festival.

Similarly, the Ladies of Elks maintain their own busy and varied schedule providing support in keeping with the mission and purposes as outlined by the fraternal order.  In a separate grant, the Ladies also support the Kids Concerts and provide funds for the annual pie sale.  Yummy!

As a national organization, we are... 

  • A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history.
  • A network of nearly 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.
  • A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more.

Our Mission

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.


The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name "Jolly Corks" by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions. 


This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship."


The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old. 

What We Do

The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans' works, a national "Hoop Shoot" free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.

The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.