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Pacers and Colts Reach Out to Indy Orchestra

In the spirit to the holiday season, the two professional teams in Indianapolis reach out to its community and more specifically, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The holiday spirit brings the best out in people as well as the teams that are run by good samaritans, including the Pacers and the Colts.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra received two separate $750,000 donations from the NBA and NFL franchises on Tuesday. The orchestra was in dire need of money as they are trying to raise $5 million by February to keep the orchestra running.

As of Dec. 4, the orchestra raised $2.2 million, and with this $1.5 million donation from the Pacers and the Colts, the total tally is at $3.7 million.

The reported operating costs for the orchestra in the upcoming year is to exceed $20 million.

In a press release, Pacers owner Herb Simon realizes the significance of the orchestra in the city.

"Jim and I recognize the significant sacrifices made by everyone involved and are on board to assist in securing its future for the many generations after us. The ISO’s slogan says ‘life is better with music.’ I think Indianapolis is better with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra," Simon said.

Coincidentally, the Pacers face the Jazz Wednesday night.