In light of the unprecedented challenges that have faced the Museum and its community over the past year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Museum is especially grateful for the critical funding provided by our supporters, members, and corporate and foundation partners. Once again, this year the Museum’s Annual Fund and emergency Helping Hands Campaign provided key unrestricted support to offset COVID related revenue losses, in addition to key programmatic and general operating funding provided by corporate sponsorships, grants, and new and returning Family, Corporate Connections and Library Members. It is the generous support of our larger Museum community that has helped us remain financially strong and allowed us to reopen for “safely social” visits again this past spring, ensuring that we can continue to be both an in-person and virtual playful learning resource for families and educators.
In May, the Museum hosted its seventh annual The Wonder Ball gala, and for the first time ever the party was virtual. This safely social evening welcomed hundreds of guests to don their ruby slippers on the evening’s Wizard of Oz themed virtual yellow brick road, raising over $500,000 to support the Museum’s access programs. Special guests included “Big Papi” David Ortiz, Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, special performances by Boston Children’s Chorus and Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla, and everyone’s favorite frog – Kermit! Our sincere thanks to our wonderful community for their continued support of this signature event.
Generous contributions to the Museum through the Helping Hands Campaign continue to provide the support needed so that we can serve children and families wherever they are, at home, in schools, or in the Museum, despite this challenging time. Please consider providing gift by making a donation here.