Women’s fundraising group raises record $100,000 in just 61 days to support Conner Prairie
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Dec. 19, 2016/Conner Prairie) – A women’s group of of nearly 100 volunteers raised an all-time record of funds to support Conner Prairie in just 61 days of 2016.
The Conner Prairie Alliance, an all-volunteer woman’s group founded in 1982, raised $100,000 through the Apple Store at Conner Prairie, which opened for its 31st year in September. Open each fall for only two months, the store sells hand-dipped gourmet caramel apples, cider slushies, fresh popcorn, apple pies, gifts, candy and many other treats.
The record contribution was awarded to the museum Dec. 14 and is dedicated to these projects:
- Re-roofing the museum’s Animal Encounters barn
- Enhance and increase guest capacity for the annual Headless Horseman fall festival
- Sustain and enhance material supplies for the museum’s Treetop Outpost outdoor nature experience
- Support the museum’s livestock and agriculture operations, especially the care of the museum’s heritage breeds
- Enhance the museum’s theater program
“We made several changes to our store processes this year which improved our productivity and led to our most successful year in sales in our history,” said Conner Prairie Alliance 2016 President Barbie Millington. “We strive to provide great products and the best in customer service to our customers each season. I’m thankful for their support of the Alliance and Conner Prairie and have been honored to work with such a wonderful group of dedicated women.”
In 2015, sales from the Apple Store raised $85,000 to support the construction of Treetop Outpost, the new nature experience that opened in July, and the museum’s agriculture and textile programs.
Since its inception, the Conner Prairie Alliance has raised more than $1 million to support initiatives at Conner Prairie. Projects the group has supported include the museum’s 1859 Balloon Voyage, 1863 Civil War Journey, Discovery Station and Craft Corner, Animal Encounters and River Crossing.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.