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Ward Foundation Announces $250,000 Gift for Ward Museum Capital Campaign

Courtesy: Ward Museum Courtesy: Ward Museum
Courtesy: Ward Museum Courtesy: Ward Museum
 SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University's Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art announced a $250,000 gift to the Ward Foundation to go toward the museum's 2014-2016 Soar to New Heights capital campaign.

The campaign's goal is $1.5 million to go toward the expansion of the Ward Museum and capital improvements to the galleries and facility.

The Richard H. Henson Foundation, Inc. pledged $250,000 toward the construction of a new educational facility overlooking Schumaker Pond. The new building will add 2,200 square feet to the museum. It will be used as an education center and meeting space for educational and cultural programs for all ages. The center will allow the museum to serve grade-wide school field trips for the first time. The design will also incorporate solar paneling and geothermal technology.

“The Richard H. Henson Foundation has supported the Ward Museum in the past and we are grateful for their generous commitment to our future,” said Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum. “This expansion and additional improvements should enable the museum to meet its educational service goals for the coming decade.”

The new building is at the center of the museum's campaign. Other projects include gallery renovations, including the museum's namesake Ward Brothers gallery, smart classroom technology improvements to the education rooms, roadside signage replacement, retail area renovations, collection storage area upgrades and landscaping and public sculpture garden enhancements.

”As the only local, nationally accredited museum, the Ward Museum is a great asset to the Salisbury community. It provides more than $6 million in economic impact to the region. This project will increase the museum's ability to reach young students and increase their awareness of nature, wild fowl art and our area's heritage. Presently over 6,000 school age children visit the museum each year and we are happy to support the museum's educational effort,” said Donna Altvater, Executive Director of the Henson Foundation.

“We are looking to the future growth of the museum,” said Dr. Kent Kimmel, board chair of the Ward Foundation. “The new facility, located right on Schumaker Pond, will provide opportunities for school-aged children to experience nature directly, face-to-face, that they might not normally get. We are growing the museum so the next generation can continue to experience the art, nature and tradition of our region.”

Salisbury University's Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is named in honor of famed Delmarva carvers Stephen and Lemuel Ward. It strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and tradition. The museum features the world's largest public collection of decorative wildfowl art and antique decoys.

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Ward Foundation, Inc. is a 501-c3 non-profit organization, which is an affiliated foundation of Salisbury University.

For more information visit the Ward Museum website at www.wardmuseum.org.
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