Posted by: potomacpacemaker | September 10, 2010

Paying for it

We haven’t talked much on this blog about how much the Potomac Pacemaker restoration will cost, or where the money will come from.

Right now, we don’t really know what the final budget for the project will be. Our fearless volunteer leader, Bob Reed, has been working diligently at developing a budget, but there are a lot of unknowns–the extent of work that needs to be completed, how many/which tools and parts we can get donated, etc. We do know it’s going to take a pretty good little piggybank to get this plane off the ground.

The N.C. Transportation Museum Foundation, the non-profit organization that support the state-run N.C. Transportation Museum, has allocated $10,000 in seed money this fiscal year to get the project started. Expenses such as the storage building, tools and supplies are already eating into those funds.

We’ll need donors, and a lot of them, to see this restoration through to the end. Individual donors, corporate donors, foundations, giving small gifts and large grants.

Donors like Carol Fair, who is in her 48th year as a flight attendant, working for both Piedmont Airlines and U.S. Airways. Carol, an inductee in the N.C. Transportation Hall of Fame, is an avid support of the museum’s efforts to preserve Piedmont Airlines history, particularly through this restoration. She showed her commitment to the project with a $500 gift recently–and asked that we share this with others to inspire them to give.

If you’d like to make a donation, it just takes a few minutes online or you can mail a check to: NCTMF, PO Box 69, Spencer, NC 28159. Just make sure you include a note with your donation indicating it go toward the Pacemaker, or write in the memo line of your check. And you can always feel free to call Development Coordinator Misty Ebel at 704-636-2889 ext. 228 with donation questions.

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