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Sci-Tech Center to focus on corporate sponsorship in 2013

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The Sci-Tech Center of Northern New York, 154 Stone St., will focus on corporate sponsorships in the coming year to help the struggling nonprofit stay open.

Executive Director Stephen A. Karon, who has volunteered his time at the agency for the past 2 years, said while general admission and family memberships help pay the bills, corporate support is the key to maintaining the Sci-Tech Center.

“We need more local corporate funds if we are to maintain Sci-Tech,” he said. “We’re coming up on almost 30 years now, and we’re one of the smallest cities with a science museum.”

Mr. Karon said there are no particular sponsorship levels for corporations, and the dollar amount is something that can be worked out between the company and the Sci-Tech Center.

“It’s a benefit not just to the community, but also to their employees,” he said. “We need local companies to help support us.”

Interested corporations can call Mr. Karon at the Sci-Tech Center at 788-1340. He said New York Air Brake Co. and Timeless Frames are two larger corporations that have signed on to support the agency.

Progress with other moneymaking ideas has been slow, he said.

The “How Many Is a Million?” campaign was supposed to run just from November 2011 to November 2012 but will be extended for at least another year. The exhibit/fundraiser has showcased various objects in counts of one million. The fundraiser portion aims to collect one million pennies, which equal $10,000. Mr. Karon said he thought that would put the agency in good financial shape for 2012, but with only 100,000 pennies collected thus far, that equals only $1,000.

While there may be some instability with certain revenue streams, Mr. Karon said he, board members and program volunteers look forward to continuing to educate children — and adults — about the wonders of science.

“Parents can bring kids here to get involved in science, and it’s vitally important for the future of this country,” he said. “We really have to get more kids into science so they go on to have careers in science.”

Families can stop by the center to walk around exhibits or attend special programs or workshops.

For more information about the Sci-Tech center, including ways to support it, visit the website at www.scitechcenter.org.

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