Youth philanthropy effort culminates on May 3 with the Children’s Gala, featuring Sid the Science Kid, dinner served dessert first, and explosive science experiments.
Tampa, Fla., April 1, 2014 – The Museum of Science & Industry is giving away 10,000 free piggy banks, generously provided by PNC Bank, as part of its Give Change to Make Change campaign, to encourage youth philanthropy and raise money to send 400 kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford it, to MOSI Summer Science Camp this year. The fundraiser will culminate in a Children’s Gala on May 3, from 5 – 7 p.m.
Hosted by Sid the Science Kid and emceed by PJ Whitaker, 12, of PJ’s Sports Talk, the Children’s Gala will feature dinner served dessert first, explosive science experiments, a green slime dunk tank and a DJ dance party, along with a variety of prizes for the young philanthropists, including an iPad Mini for the child who raises the most money between now and May 3.
Piggy banks are now available to be picked up in the MOSI lobby. When young philanthropists pick up their piggy bank, they will receive instructions for the “care and feeding” of their piggy (their favorite food is quarters, but they also love dimes, nickels and pennies). They can bring their pig’s contents back at any time and as many times as they want to add to the Summer Science Camp scholarship fund. When they bring back the contents of their pig, each child will receive a ticket for two (one adult and one child) to the Children’s Gala.
“PNC is excited to be partnering with MOSI for the Give Change to Make Change initiative because it directly relates to one of our core values, building strong communities in the markets we serve,” said PNC Regional President Joe Meterchick. “Teaching children that you can make a difference in the lives of others through philanthropic giving will ensure that we continue to strengthen community building for the future.”
The piggy banks and the Children’s Gala are part of MOSI’s Give Change to Make Change campaign, presented by PNC Bank, which aims to send 400 underserved children to MOSI Summer Science Camp this year. The campaign also includes an “add a dollar to your transaction” aspect for all MOSI guests and an “every member” aspect, in which every MOSI member is encouraged to donate $10 to help send a child to summer camp.
Those interested in participating in the Give Change to Make Change campaign, presented by PNC Bank, can pick up their piggy banks at MOSI inside the main lobby now through April 25. No purchase is necessary to acquire a free piggy bank. Once they bring the contents of their pig back to MOSI to donate, young philanthropists will receive a ticket for two (one adult and one child) to the Children’s Gala on May 3, from 5 – 7 p.m. Admission to the gala for additional parents or siblings without a piggy bank is $10 each.
The Give Change to Make Change campaign is sponsored in part by PNC Bank, PAR, Inc., WEDU, Florida Dairy Farmers, Red Carpet and Sunnybell. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.