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Museum launches Phase 2 of Campaign

WESTFIELDThe Amelia Park Children's Museum (APCM) is launching Phase two of a comprehensive capital campaign designed to raise $750,000 to create exhibits for its new 10,000 square foot building and support its overall purpose: to provide an enriching environment where children and their families can learn about themselves, their communities, and the world around them. The total goal for the Campaign is $2.25 million.

Phase 1 of the campaign, which began with a $1 million lead gift, culminated in total funds raised of $1.6 million to support the design and construction of the new museum. The completion of the new building is scheduled for this summer.

"We are grateful to those who have set the stage for a successful Campaign. The tremendous progress we have already made was the result of the energetic efforts of our board members, both past and present, and volunteers at all giving levels. Their gifts reflect a deep conviction in the Museum and its commitment to significantly increase educational and cultural opportunities for area children," said APCM Board of Directors President Doug De Leo.

A team of community volunteers have committed to drive Phase 2 fundraising efforts by increasing the engagement of museum members, volunteers and friends of the museum, and leaders in the community. The Major Gifts Division, which consists of donations between $500 - $10,000, will be coordinated by Don Puffer, owner of Puffer Printing.

"I am delighted to be a part of this effort on behalf of the Museum. With businesses in both Easthampton and Westfield, I have deep affection for this region," said Don Puffer. "The success of previous efforts inspired and energized me and ultimately, influenced my decision to take an active role in this campaign. I look forward to connecting and networking with others about how they might participate.

Other Capital Campaign volunteers include the following:

Ali Salehi, SVP of Engineering & Plant Operations, Columbia Manufacturing and Westfield Chamber of Commerce president

Kathy Witalisz, realtor, and Shana Witalisz, Witalisz & Associates, Westfield