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