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SciWorks campaign – Focus on kids

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By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, has launched a capital campaign to raise $5.5 million to create new exhibits and a sustaining fund.

Rob Greene, president of Branch Banking & Trust Co., North Carolina, is chair of the campaign.

SciWorks aims to raise $2.5 million privately from corporations, foundations and individuals in Forsyth County, and the rest from the state and federal government.

The nonprofit already has raised nearly $1 million privately in the campaign’s quiet phase, which began in January.

The funds will develop programs and new exhibits on environmental sciences and health sciences, and for KidsWorks, a program for pre-school youngsters.

Funds also will be used to build a learning lab, geology collections center and eating area – all of which will add about 6,000 square feet to the group’s 65,000-square-foot facility at its 31-acre campus off University Parkway on Hanes Mill Road.

Beverly Sanford, SciWorks’ executive director, said $1 million from the campaign will be used to create a sustaining fund.

She said she hoped to build that fund to $1.5 million to $2 million within 10 years, depending on operating revenue.

SciWorks, with an annual budget of $1.3 million, raises about $100,000 a year and generates revenue through entrance fees.

Annual traffic totals more than 150,000 visitors, including about 50,000 youngsters who visit with school groups.       

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