Less the $160,000 – that’s all that remains to be raised in order to make the dream of a world-class, year-round children’s museum in Fort Bend a reality. Yet organizers of the museum’s fundraising efforts have only days left to raise this amount and reach the $3.65 million plateau to cover the museum’s first three years of operating expenses by December 31, 2013.
If the museum falls short, then all hopes for a true landmark for Fort Bend families will be dashed, says Tracy Golden, capital campaign manager for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. “The community has been amazing, but we just need a little more to get us over the top,” she says. “We are asking all our businesses as well as those who live and work in Fort Bend for their support.”
If organizers raise the final $160,000 by the end of the year, then plans will proceed to open the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center 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.
“All these years I’ve watched children and their parents enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston,” says Sugar Land resident Charlene Pate, fundraising committee co-chair with fellow resident Rachel Leaman. “I’ve always imagined just how wonderful it would be to have a year-round children’s museum of that quality right in Fort Bend County.”
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?” with a look and feel similar to the Children’s Museum of Houston.
“We’ve come so far,” adds Leaman. “We will meet this goal — I am sure of it.”
Those interested in contributing to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center can contact Tracy Golden at 281-494-0297 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.