PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Friends of Outdoor School is thrilled to announce a major contribution from legendary performer and philanthropist, Paul Simon. After playing his last concert in Portland, Paul Simon left behind a lasting legacy for the kids of Oregon with his donation to the local nonprofit, Friends of Outdoor School.
“As I’m embarking on my Farewell Tour and playing in these cities for what will be the last time, I felt strongly that I’d like to be able to, in a sense, say thank you to the people and communities who have supported me and my music for all these years,” said Paul Simon. “The conclusion I came to was that I could define one, or a couple, organizations doing work on the ground in each place I visit on tour, and offer some financial gift that will hopefully have some lasting impact. In each town and city, there are so many organizations doing great work, including the invaluable work you do. Keep it up!”
Kim Silva, Friends of Outdoor School’s Executive Director, was thrilled by the news. “When he played his last tour date here in Portland, Paul Simon didn’t just leave memories for his concert-going fans–he left behind a gift for the thousands of children who are served by our organization each year. We are grateful for his generous support and vote of confidence in our work.”
Friends of Outdoor School, one of two Oregon organizations receiving such a gift, will immediately put the funds to use gathering resources and engaging networks for Oregon’s Outdoor School. Outdoor School unites Oregonians with a shared experience and connects kids to their land and heritage through residential, outdoor education.
Special thanks to The Nature Conservancy of Oregon for its steadfast support of Outdoor School in Oregon, and for facilitating this generous and exciting gift.
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About Friends of Outdoor School:
Since 1957, Outdoor School has engaged Oregon students in hands-on, field-based science. Friends of Outdoor School is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing student access to the Oregon Outdoor School programs that contribute to educational development, inspire youth, and promote personal growth. Friends of Outdoor School envisions a time when every Oregon student may attend a week of Outdoor School, and accomplishes its mission through advocacy, fundraising, and community engagement. The organization is the key connection between Outdoor School and the larger community of individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that support Outdoor School programming. friendsofoutdoorschool.org