2020 Mid-Year Fundraising Appeal
Our Mid-Year Fundraising Appeal kicked off early because our newly renamed Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum faces two monster challenges. The FIRST, of course, is COVID 19. With it came lost revenue from closing the museum and cancellation of our Annual Celebration of Flight (COF) Dinner and Auction which typically provided $40,000 for operations.
The SECOND challenge is actually an opportunity to achieve our long sought goal of building a new museum building. The museum is in escrow to purchase 14 acres of land for the new facility. Financing is necessary to complete the purchase and build. So, it is vital that we show bankers that the museum can meet the challenge of raising enough funds to replace the lost COF and museum operations income.
Is your donation important? ABSOLUTELY – NO MATTER HOW SMALL. At $31,000 altitude our plane is slightly below the $60,000 slope line. A boost over the next few weeks will help pull the nose up to climb above that line. $60K will cover operations through year end. $80K will fully cover the budget hole created by COVID-19.
It has been good to have both visitors and volunteers back in the museum. Some days docent manning is thin because many senior volunteers are still under Stay at Home restrictions. The younger cadre of volunteers and interns are picking up the slack. Keeping the doors open and doing a great job handling Washington State’s COVID 19 requirements. Please continue to support their efforts. Your donations are making a difference. Thank you!
Donations may be made here or by mailing a check made out to the Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum, PO Box 941, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.