In Tuesday’s (5/28) Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina), Susan Gilmor writes, “Miss Liberty’s legacy will live on. The late Jeanne ‘Jan’ N. Hill has left the Winston-Salem Symphony a bequest of $1.6 million—the largest single gift in the symphony’s 66-year history. Hill, who died in February 2012 at the age of 52, and her mother, who died in 2006, were both well known for playing the role of Miss Liberty during outdoor concerts by the Winston-Salem Symphony. When the elder Hill stepped down in 2001, she passed the foam-and-rubber torch to her daughter. … Her gift will nearly double the size of the symphony’s endowment. It will be used to establish the Jeanne Hill Miss Liberty Fund and will be used to support live performances and expand educational programs that reach thousands of children in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. ‘It’s still hard to believe she’s gone, but what an amazing, amazing gift,’ said Merritt Vale, the president and chief executive of the Winston-Salem Symphony. … Hill was the founding sponsor for the Discovery Concerts for Kids series, which recently finished its fifth season.”

Posted May 30, 2013