Campus: Sonoma State University -- July 30, 2003

Woolsey Secures $225,000 For The Green Music Center At SSU

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) secured $225,000 towards the construction of the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in legislation passed today in Congress. The money was part of the FY04 Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development (VA-HUD) Appropriations bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

"A world class music center for Sonoma County is long overdue and will assist the economic development of the community," said Woolsey. "I am proud to help Sonoma State University and the Santa Rosa Symphony create a venue to celebrate the performing arts and to develop the talent of the next generation of musical artists in the North Bay."

"Thanks to Rep. Woolsey for showing strong support for the project and the community," saidDonald Green, benefactor of the proposed world-class music center. "The timing couldn¹t have been better as charitable giving activities are at a low. This is a morale booster that will help us get reinvigorated to raise the final amount of money."

The Donald and Maureen Green Music Center will become the permanent home of the Santa Rosa Symphony and will expand the performing arts programs of Sonoma State University as well as the Northbay region. The Green Music Center will be modeled after the Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood in Massachusetts.

"This is great news," said Dr. Ruben Arminana, President of Sonoma State University. "This will be a wonderful investment by the federal government in the arts, education and economic development for the University and the North Bay."

This $225,000 for the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center is in addition to the $200,000 that Rep. Woolsey secured to protect Tomales Bay in the House VA-HUD Appropriations bill. After the Senate version of the VA-HUD Appropriations bill is passed, the two bills will be reconciled in conference committee before a final version is approved.

For information on the legislation, contact Rep. Woolsey's press secretary, Susannah Cernojevich, (202) 225-5187. Information on the Green Music Center can be found at www.greenmusiccenter.com.

Media Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057


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