Thu, Sep 28, 2006
Beleagured Museum May Survive After All!
The Cradle of Aviation
Museum has a champion, Long Island's Nassau county has a $
2-million plan to keep the museum open.
ANN reported earlier this
month the museum was in danger of closing its doors
for good. A local polititian might just have a workable fix.
County Executive Thomas Suozzi says he's looking for 10 donors
to serve on the museum board and contribute a hundred-thousand
dollars each, and other so-called super donors that wouldn't serve,
but would contribute another million combined.
He says he's already lined up five board members, two of whom
have agreed to donate their hundred thousand immediately to keep
the museum's doors open in the short term.
Suozzi told Newsday Long Island, "We are going to do whatever it
takes to keep the Cradle of Aviation open. We need to make sure it
not only survives but thrives well into the future."
Suozzi plans to share a long-term management and restructuring
plan during the museum's annual fund raiser in November. Part of
that plan involves making the museum more self-sustaining by
generating more revenue.
Suozzi says simple things like using the museum's IMAX (EYE-max)
theater for evening showings and changing the exhibits more often
will get more people in the door.
So far, Suozzi's plan has drawn only praise from everyone, even
critics of the former board. Let's hope the plan goes through, the
aviation museum is a national asset and one of the few like it in
the New England area.
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