A few months ago, PNC Bank’s Chelsea Peterson was one of thousands sitting in TPAC’s Jackson Hall anxiously awaiting the highly-anticipated Broadway blockbuster, Hamilton.
“It’s funny, I’ve been going to TPAC for over 15 years for various shows, but I think my favorite experience was my most recent getting to see Hamilton,” she says.
Like most, Peterson had no idea it would be the last time she would share an art experience for a while. Now, as Director of Client and Community Relations at PNC Bank, Peterson says the corporate supporter is doing its part to ensure the arts will endure, assisting with a $10,000 grant to TPAC’s Forward! Recovery Fund, a fundraising campaign to mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 shutdown.
“Across PNC, we are actively working with those affected by the pandemic, providing a variety of solutions that make the most sense for meeting their needs,” Mike Johnson, PNC regional president for Tennessee adds. “Supporting TPAC is the perfect way to help address the widespread hardship brought about by the pandemic here at home. TPAC is the heartbeat of the arts community here in Nashville and as we look to the future we know that engagement in the arts enriches lives and builds stronger, more vibrant communities.”
The donation comes ahead of The Big Payback, a 24-hour window of online giving that celebrates the extraordinary work nonprofits do in Middle Tennessee beginning 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6.
“Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Over the years, The Big Payback has become an opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors.”
With foundations like PNC Bank stepping up, The Big Payback is a chance for the community to do the same. During this time, gifts to nonprofits from the public may qualify for additional boosted financial prizes from The Community Foundation. Donors can support multiple nonprofits and make gifts of any size with ease, from $10 and up.
“The Big Payback was always and remains a call to give back in gifts large and small,” Lehman says, “because we live here, and we should give here to recognize and perpetuate our gratitude and our belief in a bright future.”