Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Carniball was a success thanks to Alfa Laval, Sands Anderson Marks & Miller, Dominion Resources, Ernst & Young, Franklin Federal Savings Bank, Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Lumber Liquidators, McKinnon and Harris, Patient First, Owens & Minor, BCWH, The Cimbalo Firm P.C., Diebold Fire Services and Party Perfect.
These companies sponsored the museum’s annual fundraising event last Friday evening, at which more than 300 people enjoyed the sights and sounds of Italy. With six Ferraris placed around the museum, complements of the Richmond Ferrari Owners Group, and Italian food and drink donated by Amici Ristorante, White House Catering, Bacchus, Gelati Celesti and Pallini Limonchello, the event raised more than $90,000 for the museum’s scholarship fund – providing free museum admission for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds over the next year.
The museum’s junior board took on the task of soliciting unique items from businesses and community leaders, resulting in an auction that included lunches with Jenna Bush Hager and former Governor Kaine, a private visit with Legendary Santa next holiday season, and special access to the Dave Mathews Band. “We wanted items that you wouldn’t necessarily see at every other charity auction,” explained Tunstall Willis, president of this year’s Junior Board. “That, and the fact that we wanted this event to reflect the museum’s emphasis on fun and play, made it a not-to-be missed evening.”
The Children’s Museum of Richmond sees 230,000 visitors each year, making it the most visited Children’s Museum in Virginia. “We are extremely grateful to the business community in Richmond for sponsoring all of our events and happenings throughout the year,” said Karen Coltrane, the museum’s president and CEO. “It costs $2.3 million to operate the museum 355 days per year.
While we earn nearly 75% of that through membership sales and admission, birthday parties and gift shop sales, we still need to raise the rest, about $50,000 per month. We couldn’t make it without the generosity of Richmond area businesses, foundations and individuals.”