Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center receives major gift

Rachel Leaman (left) and Charlene Pate (right), fundraising committee co-chairs for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, accept a $50,000 donation from Diana and Brad Wander (center) to sponsor the Town Square Park within the museum’s Kidtropolis exhibit.

Rachel Leaman (left) and Charlene Pate (right), fundraising committee co-chairs for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, accept a $50,000 donation from Diana and Brad Wander (center) to sponsor the Town Square Park within the museum’s Kidtropolis exhibit.

The Spencer Company, which for more than 50 years has provided commercial landscape management services to businesses and homeowner associations throughout the area, has announced a major gift to sponsor the Town Square Park within the Kidtropolis exhibit in the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center: A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston.

“This is our way of passing along to children the importance of horticulture and landscape management in our everyday lives,” notes Brad Wander, owner of The Spencer Company along with his wife Diana.

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is scheduled to open in the new Imperial development in Sugar Land in the summer of 2015 with a look and feel similar to the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Six primary exhibits, managed as platforms for learning for children birth through 12 years, will focus on childhood questions such as “How Does It Work?,” Where Does It Come From,?” and “Can I Solve That?”

“The museum provides a venue for sponsors to reach out to families with a positive message about their respective businesses,” said Tracy Golden, capital campaign manager for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center.

After meeting the George Foundation’s $1-million matching challenge grant months ahead of the deadline set by the Foundation, the museum’s capital campaign committee is working to raise the last $231,000 needed by the end of 2013 to move forward with the project.  The figure represents the museum’s first three years of programming and operating costs.

Those interested in contributing to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center should contact Tracy Golden at 281-494-0297 or at tgolden@cmhouston.org.

For more information on the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, go to www.fortbendchildrensdc.org.  Also, “like” the museum on Facebook, www.facebook.com/FortBendDiscoveryCenter.

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