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St. Cecilia Music Center receives $1M gift

September 15, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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Steelcase heir, philanthropist Peter Wege dies at 94
Peter Melvin Wege. Photo via

A philanthropist has left an “amazing gift” to the St. Cecilia Music Center.

Wege gift

Peter Melvin Wege died in June, but his contributions to the city are still being felt.

The downtown music center said today that it has received a $1-million endowment from Wege’s estate.

The donation is the largest single gift in the history of the 131-year-old organization, said Cathy Holbrook, executive director, St. Cecilia Music Center.

“Everyone at St. Cecilia Music Center is beyond thrilled with this news, and we feel so very privileged to be remembered by Mr. Wege in this way,” Holbrook said. “When Mr. Wege’s daughter, Mary Nelson, called to tell me this news, I was flabbergasted. Mr. Wege had been a long-time generous supporter of SCMC, but we were not expecting a bequest from him.”

Holbrook said the gift will have an "immensely positive impact" on some facility upgrades it's been planning, as well as an inititiative to build its endowment.


Holbrook added that this week’s Great Artist Gala will be dedicated to Wege.

The Great Artist Gala is on Thursday and features a concert by 20 time Grammy-winning pianist Chick Corea and his band Vigil.

“We will be remembering Mr. Wege’s generosity in many ways in the future and certainly throughout the coming season,” Holbrook said. “It was important for us to start our season with a dedication to him and this amazing gift — that will literally more than double our current endowment fund and have a positive impact on St. Cecilia Music Center forever.”

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