WILTON — Western Maine Play Museum held several fundraising events this spring that brought in more than $9,000 in the past few months — but the museum still faced a shortfall of $7,500 before a $150,000 matching grant would be accessible.

To receive that grant, Western Maine Play Museum was required to raise $350,000, for a total of $500,000 to complete Phase I and open the museum.

Board President Angela McLeod approached the Sandy River Charitable Foundation to see if they could help. In a letter to the museum board, she announced, “We were delighted to hear that Sandy River Charitable Foundation will gift us the $7,500 as direct community support in addition to the $150,000 they had originally pledged.”

With the $500,000 fundraising goal for Phase I attained, Western Maine Play Museum now plans to open later this year.

Fundraising will continue with new targets, such as cost overruns, the courtyard, exhibits and completing the Play Village.

FMI, donate: [email protected], facebook.com/WesternMainePlayMuseum, westernmaineplay.org.

Western Maine Play Museum

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