Wednesday, July 11, 2012
July 2012: Letter to Editor re. Port Discover
Port Discover is grateful...!
As the fiscal year draws to a close, Port Discover’s Board of Directors is especially appreciative of our community. As you may know, seventy-five percent of Port Discover's annual budget is funded through corporate sponsors, fundraising activities, grants, children's programs and our membership drive. We are able to provide free admission to our hands-on science center because of such community support.
Recently, this community-wide support was especially evident at Port Discover’s annual fundraiser, a sell-out: “The Science of Beer”. With the support of this event’s wonderful corporate sponsors including, TowneBank, Montero's Restaurant, Todd's Pharmacy and The Rich Company, as well as twenty local Celebrity Servers and enthusiastic attendees, we met our goal...over $5,000.00! Thank you!
As always, Port Discover is also especially grateful to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) which pays the salary of Port Discover’s Director, who is also an instructor at the university. ECSU provides a wealth of knowledge and experience through its faculty and staff who volunteer by serving on the Board of Directors and conduct classes for the youth who attend Port Discover. Their volunteer service is coupled with that of representatives from College of the Albemarle, Museum of the Albemarle, Arts of the Albemarle, United States Coast Guard, Albemarle Hospital and other passionate philanthropists from our community who serve on Port Discover’s Board of Directors.
To that end, I want to send many thanks to all the members of Port Discover’s Board (past and present), Port Discover’s former Director, LuAnne Pendergraft, Port Discover’s staff, our interim director, sponsors, members, North Carolina’s Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, ECSU, The Daily Advance and our community as a whole. You all enable Port Discover to be an asset to our community, as a non-profit that provides exceptional educational opportunities and makes learning fun for all children in Northeastern NC and beyond. Port Discover is the place “where kids are the scientists”!
~ Kathryn Melton, Port Discover Board of Directors, Vice Chairperson