© Andrea Zucker Photography

© Andrea Zucker Photography

Preservation 50: The Crosbys

Living just a block from the Levitt Shell, Meg and Scott Crosby have witnessed season by season the re-birth and growth of the Levitt Shell. “With each concert, the Shell continues to live into its purpose of bring community together through free music, and we have enjoyed a front row seat.”

Not long after the Levitt Shell opened, Scott joined the Board, and he and Meg have increased their involvement each year. Now, as the organization enters its first fundraising campaign to preserve the Shell for the next generation, the Crosbys have pledged their support by becoming the first family to join the Preservation 50. The Preservation 50 is an effort by the Levitt Shell to raise $600,000 from 50 families, each contributing $11,935, a historically significant number in that $11,935 was the initial cost to build the Shell in 1936.

“After we heard the idea of the Preservation 50, the historical significance of the giving level, and the multiplying effect of the 50 members coming together, we were moved to join the effort.” The Preservation 50 is only part of the Board’s larger fundraising campaign that seeks to preserve the significance of the Shell, honor its supporters and galvanize the next generation of Shell patrons. In addition to the Preservation 50 effort, the Board is working to secure gifts from philanthropic family foundations to reach the collective goal of over $1 million.

The heart of this effort is the very core of why the Shell matters: 50 families coming together to provide 50 free concerts – building community through free music. “We have loved gathering with our neighbors, walking across the street, meeting folks from throughout Memphis, and listening to music from all over the world. That opportunity is worth preserving. We are glad to do our part."