PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Youth Philharmonic made a big change to its annual fundraising breakfast because of concerns over the growing COVID-19 outbreak.
People usually get to meet the musicians during the breakfast, but this year, there was no breakfast. Instead, the musicians were introduced Wednesday morning during a livestream on YouTube.
After the presentation, people were asked to donate online.
Organizers are hoping that they'll actually reach a bigger audience and raise more money this year.
"The concept here is that we're going to reach some PYP alums that we have all over the country today that probably wouldn't have been, definitely, would not have been at the Multnomah Athletic Club this morning for this incredible fundraiser, and people who had the opportunity that couldn't attend, so definitely we hope it's a very, very successful event throughout the country," said Patrick Siver.
At last year's fundraising breakfast, the Philharmonic raised more than $96,000. That money went to music education programs that serve about 13,000 students.
This year, the goal was to raise $100,000.
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