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Symphony House & Gold To Cash Sat May 30

Symphony of the Southwest has moved to our new beautiful home located at 122 N. Macdonald Street in downtown Mesa.

Come visit us at our new home this Saturday, May 30 from 11am to 1pm in our 1904 Colonial Revival historic building. Enjoy light refreshments from Grandma’s Kitchen, visit our beautiful grounds, meet our key staff, board and musicians and find out more about our 09-10 Season, programs and VIP Memberships.

In addition, valley resident and Chandler Chamber of Commerce member Mr. Ihsan Sayed and his company Turn It To Cash will be present to buy gold and silver jewelry and gold or silver American coins – old and new, matched or mismatched, broken or scrap.

Bring in your gold and silver pieces, and walk away from our Open House with cash in your pocket. 10% of proceeds from the day will benefit Symphony of the Southwest directly. There is no obligation to have pieces evaluated and appraised. What better way to clean house, put cash in your pocket and help our operational funds all at the same time?

We look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Need directions? Map us. Parking is located on the NW corner of 1st St. and Macdonald across from Queen of Peace church.

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Beyond The Usual Gift: Musings on Giving & Building Trust

What does a financial adviser give to the client who has everything?

For three decades, Richard Bermont sent his clients the usual tchotchkes as holiday gifts, from umbrellas to crystal items, all bearing his company’s logo. But this past year, the Coral Gables, Fla., wealth manager decided the times called for something different.

He and his partner, Adam Carlin, made donations in their clients’ names to needy nonprofit organizations, including a women’s homeless shelter.

The response was nothing short of stellar.  Read on…

As our economy has gone through its challenges and pitfalls, it never ceases to amaze me how important the relationships built in “tough times” are.  I started my business at the beginning of a very challenging time in the history of our nation economically, and yet I’ve seen through good times and bad how people are apt to pull together especially during the hard times to help, encourage and support each other.

I have loved the ability to serve unconditionally and without expectation during these days.

People have been trained to expect salesman to call or visit and be kind only to ask for something in return, and often those folks feel like the salesman was only kind to “get something from them.”

Two points stood out to me in the WSJ article by Charles Passy:

1. Showing clients that you care by doing your research; this takes time and effort but helps people understand that we are in this together for the long run.

2. It positions a company as Socially Responsible. Giving back to society and helping those less fortunate as well as our decaying world are at the top of people’s minds.

The idea of honoring people with more than just token gifts and cards for their birthdays builds confidence and trust.

By giving gifts that last, from the heart, relationships are not only strengthened, but memories are made and people’s lives are changed.  Giving the gift of music… a V.I.P. membership for the upcoming season or a donation to [in our case] Symphony of the Southwest in someone’s honor could very possibly be the beginning of a life changing event for all parties involved.

Scott VanHoogstraat, Financial Advisor & SSW Board Member

Edward Jones Investments


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