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  • 9 Jan 2023 6:22 AM | Kevin Brady

    Happy New Year! Lots of things to look forward to as we ring in the year marking the 70th anniversary of Corvette but let me begin by acknowledging Curtis and Janie Russel for answering the call of my December report and becoming Winner’s Circle Donors to the NCM!  Their generous contribution will help support the work of the NCM as well as provide the Russel’s with special access to events.  They will also be taking Museum delivery of their new Corvette that they were able to order through our major sponsor, Bayway Chevrolet.  They have been added to the donor recognition section of our NCM participation page on our website located at Space City Corvette Club - NCMPlease check out the page to verify that your participation with the NCM is accurate. If not, it can be modified in your user profile or by dropping me a note.

    In just a few days (January 17th), The Corvette officially turns 70 years old.  This day will completely overshadow by birthday which coincidentally is same day, but a MUCH later year I might add.  To help commemorate this hallmark year, the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of America’s Sports Car is arriving mailboxes of members of the NCM and contains several articles about the 1953 corvette including one written by me entitled “Class of 1953, where are you now?”.  Birthday present enough for me to have my name listed as Contributing Writer.

    Also on January 17, NBC will air a short exposé on their news and cable outlets in a segment called “then and now” to showcase the significance of the unveiling of the first Corvette.  I have been interviewed as part of this segment.  It airs at 8EST/7CST on the 17th and will be available online after it shows. 

    This will also be a great year for Corvettes in car shows.  The Chevy-Corvette Expo takes place in Galveston on March 18-19.  Register directly with the sponsor, but please also note your registration on our site.  We have 10 registries thus far.

    As I have mentioned before, I am influencing Keels and Wheels to highlight the 70th anniversary.  Brian Baker will make a presentation bring artifacts from the museum and I spoke with Sharon Brawner, President of NCM on Friday and she has confirmed her attendance.  We are planning a meet and greet for the Thursday or Friday evening before the show, so stay tuned for details.  I am also working on discounted tickets for Club Members so mark your calendars for the first weekend in May!

    The first Corvette raffle of 2023 will be drawn on January 9th.  Let me know if I can help you with tickets this year.  A new page has been created on our club site which will have the raffle dates as well as my reports to membership.  It can be found in the members section after logging on.  I have posted this report on Facebook as I have done in the past, but plan to only post a reminder and use the club site as the primary location for future reports.

    Let’s continue the 70-year anniversary celebration all year as proud corvette owners.  I can’t wait until our own Spring show and the 4th of July parade to really show our appreciation and pride in this iconic car that bring us all together!

    Thank you for your support and for allowing me to be your Ambassador.

    Respectfully Submitted,


  • 29 Nov 2022 10:49 PM | Kevin Brady

    It’s a few days early, but I wanted to get this report out today, mostly because it is giving Tuesday and to say thank you for your support and generosity to the Museum. We made significant strides in improving our relationship with the NCM in 2022 and while I have been an ambassador by highlighting the good works of the Museum, what I really have enjoyed is bringing the story of Space City Corvette Club to Bowling Green.  There is not another club in the country that grew its participation through club lifetime membership, personal membership enrollment and lifetime membership upgrades as significantly as we did.  And our visit to the NCM provided for the opportunity to build personal relationships between our organizations.  Glenn Johnson attended our last club meeting and this May some of the NCM leadership will visit us because I have influenced both ours and their participation at Keels and Wheels.  My hope is that we will continue to grow in our mutual respect and relationship in 2023.

    Because it is Giving Tuesday, I also want to share some of Sharon Brawner’s words regarding NCM costs so that you may include them in any end-of-year charitable giving considerations.

    “What an incredible year it has been at the National Corvette Museum! While there is much to celebrate in 2022, as we look toward the future, we must remain focused on the long-term preservation and maintenance of our remarkable collection. And, as all car-enthusiasts know, caring for these aging machines requires a significant investment of time, expertise, and resources. On average, the care of a single collection vehicle costs $2,800 a year. Now, consider that there are more than 150 cars in the care of our museum. At almost $500,000 a year, these preservation efforts represent a significant but necessary financial obligation for the National Corvette Museum. This half million-dollar cost directly impacts the museum’s budget on an annual basis.

     Today, we are asking for your help as we kick off our year-end giving campaign. Would you consider making a financial gift to support our preservation efforts? Every donation offered toward our year-end campaign will allow us to safeguard the vehicles in our collection for years to come.

    Donors at the $1,000+ level will receive special recognition in our annual report and VIP invitations to select exhibit openings and additional special events held throughout the year. If you would like to discuss your individual giving options, please contact Bobbie Jo Lee, 270-467-8833. We would be happy to customize a giving plan for you. 

     It is the generosity of supporters like you that allow us to continue to do what good museums do – protect our collection for future generations to enjoy. Thank you for all the visits and support, and for being a part of the only Museum dedicated to America’s Sports Car – the Corvette.Sharon Brawner

    From me,  a sincere thank you for your giving spirit during the past year.  Our new site includes a recognition page for NCM membership participation.   If it is not accurate, you may update your profile directly.

    https://sccc.wildapricot.org/NCM    

    Thank you for your support and for allowing me to be your Ambassador.

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Kevin Brady

Ambassador

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