Breaks Milestone


$45,000 Capital Campaign Contribution Breaks $1MM Milestone

SANTA ROSA, CA., November, 2013 – Two local leaders have joined the effort to open the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County in 2014.  With gifts totaling $45,000, the Museum has less than one million dollars to finish the interactive campus.

The Celebrate Community Partnership has contributed $20,000 to the capital campaign and donated an additional $10,000 of advertising to the Children’s Museum.  Celebrate Community Partners combined serve nearly everyone in our community, and employ more than 10,000 people from throughout the North Bay.  2013 partners include Empire College, Redwood Credit Union, PG&E, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Junior College, GHD, G&G Supermarkets, Spring Lake Village, Friedman’s Home Improvement and the Press Democrat.

Leslie Horak of PG&E nominated the Children’s Museum for consideration, saying ““The Children’s Museum is not only a wonderful asset to the community, but also an important investment in developing essential skills for our future work force.  I’m so pleased our support will have a lasting impact and hope it will inspire others to join the effort!”

“It is heartwarming to see the community come together and work to make our community more vibrant through opportunities like the ones found in this children’s museum,” said Children’s Museum CEO and Founder, Collette Michaud.

Also taking a leadership role in the capital campaign, Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa made a $25,000 contribution the Science & Imagination Gallery.  With their gift, the Soroptimists are sponsoring many interactive exhibits based in scientific principles – a magnet table & wall as well as a Bernouilli blower.  Children will learn while having fun.

Gerry Humes, President of Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa, said “Our organization has over 65 years of commitment to serving the needs of women and children.  Supporting the Children’s Museum is a natural extension of our mission, and we are excited to sponsor exhibits in the Museum based on scientific principles.  Learning through play will give children a distinct advantage as they grow up to be our next generation of creative thinkers.”

The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s mission is to inspire children’s creativity and stimulate their curiosity to discover the world through playful exploration of the arts and sciences. 

The new, $8 million permanent home of the museum is under construction at 1835 West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa.  The Museum will partially open in March with an outdoor garden, birthday party room and arts studio.  The balance of the campus, including the indoor, interactive exhibits, will open after the capital campaign is complete.

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Collette Michaud
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County


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