Tampa, Fla., May 7, 2014 – The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay announced today that the Museum of Science & Industry raised $111,334 on Give Day Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay donors gave more dollars to MOSI than any other charity in the Tampa Bay area. Give Day Tampa Bay took place over 24 hours, challenging area residents to raise money for about 385 non-profits, and is part of a nationwide campaign called Give Where You Live.
The proceeds that MOSI raised from Give Day Tampa Bay will send 400 underserved children to Summer Science Camp this year. As science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education becomes more crucial to the enrichment of the Tampa Bay community, MOSI programs are moving from nice to necessary.
“People often ask me why they should give to MOSI – an attraction and not a human service organization, but MOSI is a human service organization dedicated to making science real to everyone, including the underserved population who may not be able to afford to come,” said Molly Demeulenaere, Vice President of Growth at MOSI. “Give Day Tampa Bay has given us a platform to talk about the incredible resources that MOSI provides for our community.”
The Museum of Science & Industry is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of STEAM. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. With MOSI’s recent announcement of free memberships for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas county school employees, MOSI now gives more than $3 million back to the community annually in free tickets, memberships, scholarships, outreach and educator trainings.
Additionally, MOSI hosts several free community-wide events each year including: the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Hurricane EXPO; Hillsborough County Schools Elementary Science Olympics and Brain Bowl; free educator events for teachers, administrators and their families; a free home school educators open house; and free quarterly SkyWatches, an event where the community can come and use MOSI telescopes and talk to our educators about the wonders of space. In addition to holding several annual discounted admission days, including five $5 day events just last year, MOSI also hosts more than 1,200 middle school students of migrant families each year through its Meet the Scientist Day, as part of the National Hispanic Scientist of the Year event.
For more information on how you can support MOSI, call 813-987-6076 or visit mosi.org.
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