Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) November 03, 2012
It has recently been announced that the Santa Fe Children’s Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico may be closing due to financial issues. In fact, the museum has stated that the organization is in danger of closing its doors very soon if it does not get the support that it needs.
Everyone at Hutton Broadcasting, the parent company of SantaFe.com, is committed to showing support for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum-- an institution in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, community since 1985. Some 80,000 people visit the museum each year, including 10,000 school children on field trips. The museum also offers one of the largest teen employment, internship and volunteer opportunities in the region. The Children's museum has been part of nearly every Santa Fe’s child’s life while growing up. Even if a local does not have children themselves the museum has been a benefit for almost every Santa Fe resident. More than likely at some point virtually everyone in Santa Fe has taken visiting friends, nieces, nephews and/or grandchildren to visit the Children's Museum. The museum has always been a welcome refuge for Santa Fe grownups to bring kids to for a few hours of fun.
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has a two-phase plan in place to restore the facility to financial solvency. Phase One is active through the end of this year, and it is focused on stopping the short term financial gap and building operating reserve for the museum -- while engaging the broad community. The museum is also setting up a task force to review and rethink the organization's business model.
Hutton Broadcasting has pledged support of the museum by putting the company’s considerable resources behind the fund-raising efforts in Phase One. As part of Hutton’s efforts, the company is has planned a Radio-thon at the museum. All 6 company radio stations -- KBAC, BLU 102.9, 107.5 Outlaw Country, Project 101.5, ESPN-AM, and KTRC-AM, will be broadcasting live from the museum starting at 7 a.m., Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. All six radios stations will continue to broadcast 24 hours a day at the museum until the museum reaches its financial goal of $ 200,000.00.
The company plans on doing whatever is necessary — including having members of the company’s staff sleeping in the museum as part of the event. All of the people at Hutton Broadcasting want to encourage everyone in Santa Fe to do what they can to help the museum keep their doors open. Every little bit helps.
As a private non-profit entity, the museum depends on its supporters to stay in business and to keep costs down. The Santa Fe Children's Museum does receive some government funding, but it is restricted for use in specific programming and cannot be used for general operating costs – which is where the organization needs the most help. The Santa Fe Children's Museum has held auctions and other fund-raisers during 2012, but as of this date, the organizations is still short of its finanicial goals.
Hutton Broadcasting is asking the company’s partners to help in this endeavor. One way to help is to make a donation directly to the museum. Stop by the museum while Hutton Broadcasting is there; make your donation and your company and its donation will be announced on the air as part of the activities during the Radio-thon.
Another way for Hutton Broadcasting and SantaFe.com advertisers can get involved is to donate gift certificates, including goods or services – which will be announced on-air and on-line, and sold to the station’s listeners during the event -- at 50% of value, with 100% of the proceeds being donated on their behalf to the museum. This gives everyone in Santa Fe an opportunity to participate in saving the museum, and be a true “hometown hero”. The Children’s Museum has made Santa Fe a richer, more vibrant place for the community’s children for the past 27 years – now the museum is asking the community to help it stay open and do what it does – even better.
Once the museum reaches its goal for 2012 – and has funding in place for the rest of the year, the program will move into Phase Two. This will focus on establishing a long-term sustainable business model based on the success of Phase One, and a new strategic plan – currently being developed.
Both visitors and Santa Fe locals may be aware that the Santa Children’s Museum recently expanded its building space, which has enabled the organization to double programming options to include summer camps and homeschool classes – and increased earned income from museum rentals for special events. But, again, the museum still needs more money right now to survive.
Hutton Broadcasting is asking the company’s advertising partners and friends to dig deep, and write a check for whatever they can – or donate goods for the company to sell on the air and on-line on their behalf to help this extremely worthwhile cause. With the community’s help, Hutton Broadcasting will do everything it can to not allow this great community facility to close.
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