For obvious reasons, 2020 is different for us as it is for you. Our museum has been forced to shut its doors due to COVID-19 for 10 weeks. Each day we were closed we are lost valuable revenue to help sustain our museum.
Here’s how COVID-19 is impacting us:
We lost approximately $1725 in admissions and gift shop sales on a weekly basis. We are losing over $245 each day we are closed.
We lose approximately $215 in tour revenue on a weekly basis.
We lose approximately $135 in educational programs on a weekly basis.
Each day we were closed we lost approximately $295. Each week were are closed we lost $2000. Each month we were closed we lost $8300.
Overall, during this 8 -10 week period we lose between $16000 - $20000.
Unfortunately, we have learned Canal Fest of the Tonwandas will not be happening this year. Contributions from Canal Fest makeup ⅕ of our yearly operating budget. We anticipate losing $50000 from the Canal Fest cancellation. As this scenario continues, our staff is working hard to continue caring for our carousel and collections. We have begun taking measures to reduce our expenditures and will continue to do so throughout the year. We are adapting our programming and providing our community with a plethora of digital resources including our weekly e-newsletter for kids Carousel Courier Jr.
We have a specific request of you this year...
Please help us recover our lost income so that we can continue to protect our carousel and its history.
Please consider increasing your annual gift to the museum this year.
And/or consider joining our newly formed Brass Ring Monthly Giving Club
For $20 per month, you can help to cover a day’s admission to the museum For $50 per month, you can help to cover a month of lost educational programming income. For $100 per month, you can help to cover a week’s worth of admissions and tours.