FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 8, 2012
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Walmart grants the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences $50,000 for Outreach North Carolina
(Raleigh)—The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, along with five non-profit community service organizations received generous financial gifts from the Walmart Foundation totaling $280,000 as part of Walmart’s commitment to sustainability, education, health and wellness, workforce development and preventing hunger. The check presentations took place today in the new Naturalist Center inside the Museum’s new wing, the Nature Research Center. Dr. Betsy M. Bennett, Museum Director and Angela Baker-James, Executive Director of the Friends of the Museum, were on hand to receive a check for $50,000 designated for Outreach North Carolina, an initiative that supports the Museum’s outreach efforts to schools, libraries and special populations including Spanish language speakers, at-risk youth, students and adults with special needs, pediatric patients and their families, senior citizens and scout groups.
Brooke Mueller, Walmart’s Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations, expressed a deep appreciation for the Museum’s commitment to outreach. “Walmart is most thankful for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for their contributions to educating our youth, and is thrilled to support the Museum and the sustainable organizations represented here today that work to educate our children so they can grow up in an environment where they respect the world we live in,” Mueller said.
Dr. Bennett added that the Museum’s new Nature Research Center served as the perfect backdrop for today’s presentation. “The new Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is a shining reminder that our Museum is not limited to our buildings in Raleigh,” Dr. Bennett said. “Our scientists and staff travel the state, physically and by video links, to talk to schools and community groups about not just what we know, but how we know it. Walmart’s donation will help us sustain our reach to all of the people of North Carolina.”
Other recipients of Walmart grants were Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Triangle with $50,000 for their “Big Fitness Project,” an initiative aimed at getting kids more active outdoors, the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh with $50,000 for their “Healthy Living Initiative” that promotes healthy eating and increased physical activity outdoors, the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle with $65,000 for their “Power-Up Truck” that operates much like an ice-cream truck, but filled with fresh foods, Prevent Blindness with $25,000 for their “Star Pupils Program” that provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to those in need and StepUp Ministry with $40,000 for their “Healthy Families Program” that provides job and life skills training.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at www.naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.