The awesome famous philanthroper Tom Golisano generously provided a loan of $450,000 to help keep the old Ghost City of Valentown museum running and repaired, and now he's kicked it up a notch. The museum has already paid back over $300,000 but has now been offered a challenge from Mr. Golisano. This is the challenge:
Raise $50,000 by October 26, 2012, and he will release them from the remainder of the debt!
I want to help them raise this money!
Back in the 70's, a girlfriend and I got lost, and knocked on the door of the then curators house to ask for water and directions. We asked about the big old building, and were given a personal tour. The curator, Sheldon Fisher, showed us how they made their shoes, showed us how to make static electricity to light a lightbulb (and make our hair stand straight up!), we saw the store, and the music room, the ballroom, the ironworks shop... it was the most educational tour for two young lost teenagers ever. Sheldon passed away a few years ago, and it is in his memory I am asking for help for the museum that he loved and devoted 50 years of his life restoring and maintaining the town square and happily sharing it with others.
The money that will be saved by being relieved of the remainder of the debt will go a long way to help the continued maintenance of the museum to buy those 2x4's and sheets of plywood, cleaning supplies, paint, and all the other costs associated with running the museum, which is run by and depends on all labor of volunteers.
Learn more about Valentown at their web site http://valentown.org