By cracking the top 100 in an online vote, the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River is still in the running for a $250,000 Pepsi grant that might make its dream of a permanent home come true. Voters have until Sunday to cast votes.
By cracking the top 100 in an online vote, the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River is still in the running for a $250,000 Pepsi grant that might make its dream of a permanent home come true.
Voters have until Sunday to cast votes.
“It was a long shot, and now out of 700 projects that entered the contest we’re now in the final 100, which means we stand a chance,” said Jo-Anne Sbrega, president of the children’s museum.
At the beginning of the month, when an eager supporter entered them in the new Pepsi challenge, and the museum directors endorsed it weeks after establishing a Facebook presence, the children’s museum stood at No. 142.
For the past few days, it’s been No. 100.
While only the top two vote-getters in this organizational category receive $250,000 each, the other projects in the top 100 become eligible for funding in the next month’s contest.
According to Sbrega, the wife of Bristol Community College President Jack Sbrega, this month has been a whir of activity on two fronts.
One has been marketing its campaign through from a variety of sources, including the BCC Facebook, Northeastern University entrepreneurial students and the Sbrega’s son, Dan, a New York film producer through his company, Uncle Lefty Film Productions in Soho.
“The more exposure we get and people that get to know us,” the museum head said, “the more good things that are going to happen for us.”
The second mission is the expectation the traveling museum’s board of directors and founder/Executive Director Ray Gordon soon will open temporary quarters at 105 Howland St. next to the Atlantis Charter School building off South Main Street.
If the call to a higher order helps win votes for the longterm dream, this property is the former convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The John Boyd Center, which provides day care in the city, owns it.
“We’re looking to be open in the next six to eight weeks with our temporary home,” Sbrega said.
She said they are working with the city inspection department to meet code requirements so they can for the first time they’d have a place to display and store scientific, artistic, cultural and historic supplies and equipment they’ve put together and used for traveling exhibits.
“And then,” Sbrega said, “with additional funding we can have a permanent home.”
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