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Chamber donates to museum

From left are chamber ambassadors Chris Hanley, Tamara Juul, Elissa Howe with children Angelo and Gabriella, Sandy Petroff, Ray King, Greta Michaud, John Estes and Donna Rahoi, who also is on the Imagination Factory board; Christine McMahon and Jeff Gurchinoff, IF co-directors; Ruth Manier, IF secretary; ambassadors Teresa Schettler and Trisha Peterson; and Suzanne Larson, chamber executive director.

The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce recently gave $1,000 to the Imagination Factory Children’s Museum’s Patronicity fund. “Thanks to our local community and all the supporters of the new Imagination Factory Children’s Museum, over $25,000 was raised and will be doubled by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” said Barb Reisner, Imagination Factory co-director.

Patronicity is a crowdfunding platform for public projects. Reiser said more than 125 contributors helped the project surpass the $25,000 to qualify for the matching funds under the Public Spaces Community Places program. Proceeds from the effort will be used to help build or purchase exhibits for the children’s museum at 217 Izzo-Mariucci Way in Iron Mountain.

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