At this time of year when many of us consider contributing to the organizations and institutions that are important to us, I write to ask you — as a valued friend and supporter of Larz Anderson Auto Museum — to make a special gift to fuel our museum’s expanded programs and offerings.
I say “our museum” because the Larz Anderson Auto Museum is very much a reflection of both the shared and diverse interests of its friends and supporters, like you and me. Our support provides our museum and the communities we serve with vitally needed assistance to preserve “America’s Oldest Car Collection” and to sustain the educational and cultural programming that drives our mission. Throughout 2014, we have worked to enhance existing programs, create new ones, and strengthen community partnerships while continuing the grand tradition of Lawn Events and car shows for which the Museum is famous. Here are a few highlights:
- Our Museum welcomed 30,000 visitors and 5,000 cars registered for Lawn Events this year.
- We extended our hours to welcome over 1,300 children and family members at our Free Fun Friday event in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, and provided educational programs for numerous school groups and the elderly year-round.
- Our Internship Program served students pursuing degrees in Museum Studies, Arts Administration and Photography. “Steps to Success,” based at Brookline High School is a key partner.
- We offered outstanding exhibits, such as the timely and thought-provoking Innovation Moves Us, exploring the pursuit of technology, design, and speed from the earliest days of the automobile to today.
- We hosted entertaining cultural programs Paint Nite at the Museum, Dancing with the Cars and Speak Easy, a 1920s costume gala and period fashion show.
This short list of activities is by no means all that the Museum accomplished in 2014. It does however highlight the fact that the Museum continues to experience exciting growth and development. With continued input and ideas from our members, Museum Director Sheldon Steele and his staff are making plans for 2015, including a new exhibit, Motorcycles at Speed, a lecture series with speakers such as Donald Osborne of the “What’s My Car Worth?” TV series, Leigh Keno of the “Antiques Road Show” and much more.
Such programming continues to require support, commitment and generosity from interested members and enthusiasts like us. Our Annual Appeal provides a major source of funding that enables this not-for-profit organization to operate, improve and expand our programming. In fact, the importance of our philanthropic support is greater than ever.
This is our museum and it deserves our support. Please join me and make as generous a donation as you can. And, when you do, let us know what you would like to see at our Museum in 2015 and beyond.
Thank you in advance and all best wishes,John Carberry President, Board of Trustees
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