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touko 25, 2012

Finlandia Foundation National Receives Important Donation

A great example of Finnish culture being passed on to the next generation is the ”Singing Strings”-youth orchestra who performed at FinnFest 2011 in San Diego.

Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) is pleased to announce the receipt of a generous gift from Mr. Eero Tetri of Seattle, WA. FFN has established the Eero and Helli Tetri Fund, and Mr Tetri has inaugurated this fund with a $25,000 gift this year. To provide sustained support for FFN, he has generously agreed to give $25,000 to this fund every year through 2016.

 Eero and Helli Tetri immigrated from Jyväskylä to the US in 1957 and have been active with the Finnish communities in WA and AK. Mr. Tetri speaks of his gratitude to the US for providing him and his late wife with a warm welcome and abundant opportunities.  This gift to the FFN, as well as his support of the Finnish language program at the University of Washington, is an outgrowth of this gratitude. It is his hope that these gifts will be instrumental in promoting Finnish-American cultural exchange through music, language, education and other activities.

In 2013, Finlandia Foundation National will celebrate its 60th anniversary as the largest non-governmental source of information and education about Finnish-American culture in the United States.  In 2011, FFN provided more than $100,000 for 22 scholarships, 38 grants, Lecturer of the Year and Performer of the Year programs, and the Soiva Music and Salolampi Language Camps. Looking ahead, FFN is aware that scholarship and grant programs are able to fund only a fraction of the well-qualified applicants without additional support.

 Mr. Tetri has been invited to become a member of the FFN President’s Council, a key advisory board supporting our fundraising efforts. FFN is grateful to Mr. Tetri and all of its friends who support our efforts to promote awareness of Finnish-American culture in the United States. FFN welcomes all financial support and gifts of time to support this common goal!

 FFN may be contacted at P.O. Box 92298, Pasadena, California  91109 or