RYE, N.Y. -- The Westchester Children’s Museum recently announced Con Edison is donating $250,000 to support the expansion of the museum’s exhibition and education programming in Rye.
The donation speaks to Con Edison’s unwavering commitment to the mission of the Westchester Children’s Museum and the need for a vibrant, interactive learning center that serves hundreds of thousands of children in the region.
The Westchester Children’s Museum recently completed construction on the first phase of its building program opening 6,500 square feet of exhibit space in April. The Con Edison gift launches the next phase of the museum’s plans to build out the entirety of its 22,000 square foot site.
The Con Edison gift is structured as a $50,000 challenge gift to the museum each year for five years. By setting the gift up as a challenge, the museum can maximize its fundraising potential by doubling the original amount.
Con Edison’s contribution will fund the development and growth of the Con Edison Energy Gallery, which will be a 2,000-square-foot space that explores energy related principles through interactive experiences.
“We hope our donation will inspire others to join us in helping to fully fund what our communities need and deserve,” said Hilary Ayala, director of Grassroots Management for Con Edison and board member of the Westchester Children’s Museum. “This museum will encourage and celebrate children's creativity and curiosity, dare them to tinker and discover, and inspire a lifelong love of learning.”
Con Edison is one of the museum’s longest term donors, having already contributed nearly $80,000 since 2009 to support the Museum Without Walls education outreach programs.
Founded in 2003, the creation of the Westchester Children’s Museum has been a grass roots initiative by individuals, businesses, and public officials who came together with a goal of providing enriching educational experiences for children particularly for those in underserved communities.
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