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Longtime CSO Supporter Mace Justice Honored With 2016 Voices of Giving Award

Thomas Schippers Legacy Society member Mace Justice attends the Schippers Breakfast with fellow Schipper member Judy Martin.

Thomas Schippers Legacy Society member Mace Justice attends the Schippers Breakfast with fellow Schipper member Judy Martin.

Mace Justice's support of music and the arts in the community has grown from a seed planted in his childhood. His father was a church soloist and his mother was an amateur pianist, so music naturally became an integral part of Mace's life. He played clarinet in the high school band and orchestra, and he has sung in church and community choruses most of his life. His sister, Judy Justice, was a violinist who toured Germany soon after World War II. Mace recently penned a book lovingly chronicling his sister's journey.

"A Fiddler's Journey" has been described as an "adventure of a young woman finding her way around Europe during the breaking of centuries of patriarchal and male-dominated traditions as she struggles to perfect her craft and find her niche as a violinist." Mace's writing is a fine and lasting testament to her musical legacy.

Now a retired schoolteacher of advanced placement English at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Mace has been an active supporter, volunteer and subscriber of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. He has provided financial support for commissions, broadcasts, the appearances of guest artists, as well as general operating support. This season he is supporting the guest appearance of conductor Gilbert Varga. Judy performed with Mr. Varga's father and became a close family friend. She was also very much a fan of Mr. Varga's work.

Mace has also honored his parents by endowing a chair for the associate principal second violin. As a member of the Thomas Schippers Legacy Society, he has ensured that his legacy will live on as a valued part of the CSO family by naming the Orchestra as a beneficiary of his charitable remainder trust.

As a volunteer for the CSO, Mace led his fellow volunteers by writing a comprehensive guidebook for those providing tours of the home of the Orchestra, historic Music Hall.

On June 22, 2016, Mace was honored at the 18th Annual Voices of Giving Awards Ceremony presented by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. The Voices of Giving Awards pay tribute to those great Cincinnatians who—out of selflessness, generosity and foresight—have chosen to make gifts in their wills or other planned gift to a favorite charitable organization.

The CSO is immensely grateful to Mace Justice for his ongoing support and dedication to helping the Orchestra achieve its mission of seeking and sharing inspiration. His gifts will ensure that the CSO remains a model for orchestras and arts organizations around the world, with steadfast commitment to extraordinary artistry.

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