Our Museum--your Museum--continues to move forward at an exhilarating pace. The Annual Dinner, held at the Philmont Country Club on Saturday November 9th was our best to date on many levels. Attendance was 260 including 8 elected public officials (4 more who were unable to attend, sent representatives) and 25 of our hero Survivors and Liberators. Folks with institutional history were walking around with wide grins all night. Over 100 new attendees were impressed by both the size and the enthusiasm of the crowd. And of course it was a financial success. The matching dollars brought in before and during the event against the generosity of our anonymous benefactor accounted for over $60,000. When we add in the dinner, silent and live auctions and our best ad book ever we will clear over $85,000 (the last 2 dinners netted us about $30,000 each).
The good news is that we will need it all (and more) to allow us to increase our record breaking programming from last year (268 programs--35,000 students). Reports from our energetic program staff, Phil and Jacqueline, indicate that we are well ahead of the 2012-2013 school year. In fact, early programming puts us close to 50% ahead of last year. This is possible because of our dedicated staff, growing group of office volunteers and volunteer facilitators. And of course our GROWING number of survivors and liberators (How can this be? Well, as we gain more notice and see more people, we find more survivors or they find us).