OSWEGO, NY – The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) has successfully completed its initial funding campaign, The First 40.
The campaign was designed to reach a goal of $40,000 through the generous gift of $1,000 from 40 individuals, businesses and foundations in and around the Oswego County area.
Money generated from The First 40 was targeted to fund a feasibility study, exhibit development, marketing, capital campaign development, and most importantly, community outreach.
“Members” of The First 40 were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to set themselves apart from others through lifetime recognition within the museum.
Once the museum is open, there will be an interactive exhibit devoted to First 40 Members that celebrates, in a tangible way, their active role in enrichment of our commonwealth and generous support of The Children’s Museum of Oswego.
The success of this initial campaign speaks volumes for the museum’s ability to establish a critical foundation of financial supporters.
It was CMOO’s ambition to pursue donors who believe strongly in the mission and vision of the museum.
This relatively short campaign was executed in a unique and strategic way so the donors reflect a diverse cross section of the community; including, local physicians, contractors, small business owners, educators, local families, educational institutions, financial entities, and charitable foundations.
CMOO appreciates the outpouring of support that was shown throughout the campaign, and recently recognized First 40 Members by hosting a reception in their honor.
Members were presented with a distinctive plaque, designed and hand crafted by CMOO’s president of the board of trustees, Jonathan Shaver, in the shape of a puzzle piece to represent their personal contribution as an integral part of CMOO’s collaborative endeavors.
He said, “Our First 40 Members have shown their belief in our mission and have faith in our organization to execute that mission. They pledged their support and seized the opportunity to be a part of a significant cultural change in our community. The First 40 Members are all part of the initial foundation of what will become a cornerstone in the city and county of Oswego.”
It is CMOO’s hope that every First 40 Member feels connected to the future growth and development of the organization.
First 40 members include:
Jonathan and Jillian Shaver
Richard S. Shineman Foundation
Donald P. Cram
Dr. Lori Youngman and Dr. David Dexter
John and Tara Fitzgibbons
Jenny and James Workman
Nelson Law Firm
Integrative Counseling Services
The Rode Family
Emily and Joshua Chase
Warner Physical Therapy
Fulton Lions Club
Jeanne and Michael Brown
The Woodruff Block
The Stepien Family/Step One Creative
Jackie and Fred Sheffield
Oswego County Autism Task Force
Shane and Elisa Broadwell
Dr. Vilma Junio
Operation Oswego County, Inc.
The Caraccioli Family
Compass Credit Union
Traci and Brian Christ
Dr. Anthony Licatese and Family
Thomas and Rosemary Altman
The Emmons Family/Mother Earth Baby
Ed and Rachel Fayette and Family