Campaign supports educational outreach of exhibits and programming
May 5, 2014
Media Contact: Cody Hefner (513) 287-7054 office, (513) 608-5777 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Museum Center wants to know what you love most. Is it trilobite fossils? Is it historic photographs? Is it Princess Diana's stunning royal wedding gown? Is it the tree house? Is it the experience of planets, fish, tornadoes and mountains overhead in the OMNIMAX® Theater? Is it the mastodon? Is it the miniature display of Cincinnati? Is it the water works table? Is it the Duke Energy Holiday Trains? Is it the cave? No matter the why or how many, we know people love Cincinnati Museum Center. And we hope to see stickers around town showing that love.
Over 45,000 Cincinnati area residents will receive stickers in the mail to affix to their cars to let other drivers know that "I Love My Cincinnati Museum Center." Supporters are also encouraged to share why they love Cincinnati Museum Center by taking a photo of the sticker on their car and posting their "why" on Museum Center's Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram. Anyone who does not receive a sticker in the mail can ask for one at the box office at Cincinnati Museum Center and, if they donate while there, will receive an "I Love My Museum Center" button. And for those who do affix the sticker to their cars, they may win a prize from Museum Center's Sticker Spotter Program, including weekly grand prizes.
Museum Center is also hoping people give their support in addition to showing it. As a nonprofit, Museum Center relies on generous donations to sustain its vast educational outreach through the programming within its three museums, five-story domed OMNIMAX® Theater and history library. The institution gives a boost to what is learned in traditional classrooms by allowing children to learn through play and take advantage of science, history and early childhood education opportunities like BugFest, BatFest, Ohio History Day and Learning Through Play. It also encourages lifelong learning through tours of Cincinnati's breweries, abandoned subway system, active archaeology digs, lecture series and concerts from the E.M. Skinner Symphonic Organ as it reverberates through the Rotunda.
Cincinnati Museum Center has benefited from a dedicated base of support in the community and hopes they will continue to support the exhibits and programming that have been integral parts of family traditions and memories. One of those supporters is eight year old Sam who has been donating to Museum Center since he was four. He was encouraged to save his allowance and donate a portion to something that inspired him. When he heard the roof at Cincinnati Museum Center needed repairs he knew instantly where he wanted to share his allowance. When he turned five, Sam asked his friends to donate to Museum Center rather than spend the money on gifts for his birthday. He continues to encourage his friend to donate to Museum Center on his birthday so that others can enjoy everything he loves at Museum Center - Holiday Junction, Cincinnati in Motion, the Tree House in Duke Energy Children's Museum and much more!
Sam's story is an inspiring story of how anyone can contribute to the vast range of programs at Cincinnati Museum Center. Only $25 provides a family with four children a scholarship to a Sprouts Institute family workshop with our panel of Early Childhood Consultants who provide enriching experiences. A donation of $100 engages 20 young scientists participating in science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in the LITE Lab in the Museum of Natural History & Science. With a $500 donation you could bring the past to life in the Cincinnati History Museum by providing clothing for a costumed interpreter like a World War I soldier going off to war in 1917.
In appreciation and support of the donors who enable Cincinnati Museum Center to provide the experience it does, two generous benefactors have agreed to offer a $1 to $1 matching gift for the first $25,000 contributed. And for those individuals whose company matches gifts, you could triple your contribution! Check with your company for details and visit www.cincymuseum.org/love-my-museum-center for a partial list of companies that provide matching gifts.
Cincinnati Museum Center's 2014 Annual Fund Campaign runs through the summer, but Museum Center always accepts donations from its generous supporters. You may donate in person at Cincinnati Museum Center or online at www.cincymuseum.org/love-my-museum-center.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized in Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.