Campus: Sonoma -- September 20, 2007

Significant New Gift from Jean Schulz Moves Green Music Center Closer to Completion

Recital hall named after Peanuts character Schroeder

Donations to Sonoma State University's capital campaign to complete the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center - through the robust support of many others in the community - has reached $10 million toward the $22.5 million campaign.

Part of this $10 million is a significant new gift from Jean Schulz, businesswoman, philanthropist and wife of the late Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, supports a legacy of music and experiences.

"This is a very fine recognition of the value of this project to the academic function of the University and the community," said Ruben Armiņana, Sonoma State University president. "The Schulz family is a strong supporter of the projects that make a difference in communities. They have truly been friends to many."

To honor the Schulz gift, the recital hall, one of the three main Green Music Center buildings, will be named "Schroeder's Recital Hall," pending California State University Board of Trustees approval tomorrow.

"I know Sparky would have enjoyed thinking about Schoeder's connection to such a grand hall and stage," says Jean Schulz. An uncle nicknamed Charles "Sparky" after Sparkplug, a horse in the Barney Google comic strip. This is the second gift the Schulz' made to the Green Music Center.

The $100 million Green Music Center, with construction halfway complete, is modeled after Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's home in western Massachusetts. The Center is destined to become one of the most sought-after music and arts venues in the world. Featuring an acoustically-superb concert hall, it will draw both master and student musicians, and audiences eager to experience their performances, surrounded by the natural beauty of northern California's hills and vineyards. The GMC features a 1,400 seat concert hall, the 250-seat recital hall, and a music education building. The project is due to be completed in the next two years.

"The Green Music Center will be a wonderful resource to this community, benefiting those interested in the arts-including the children-for generations to come. So many different people have been part of helping to make it a reality, through large and small gifts. Once complete, it will truly be a community complex, just as Don and Maureen Green intended," said Jean Schulz.

Jean is an alumna of Sonoma State University and longtime community volunteer and philanthropist and president of the Board of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which opened in August, 2002. She is on the Board of Canine Companions for Independence, a national organization that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities and produced two award-winning documentaries about the organization. She also sits on the Board of the Sonoma County Community Foundation.

The Schulz family is a generous benefactor in Sonoma County, helping support many causes and organizations. In 2001, for instance, at Sonoma State University, they provided an endowment for the operations of what became the Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center, the state-of-the art library and technology center serving the more than 8,700 students and the community.

A group of multiple-community leaders have formed a "Finale Committee" to complete the fundraising of the Green Music Center. Prominent citizens from the various towns in and around Sonoma County are spreading the word about the Green Music Center and its value to the northbay, our youth, and to the culture and tourism of the wine country.

"The Green Music Center has overcome almost as many hurdles as the Red Baron. Jeannie Schulz' magnificent gift is not only benevolent, but strategically tremendously important to the completion of the project," said Dan Lanahan, co-chair of the GMC Finale Committee.

Tours of the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center are available for the media, individuals and groups.

Website: http://greenmusiccenter.sonoma.edu


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