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U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Save Space Camp campaign passes $1.5M goal

The campaign began on July 28 and quickly met its goal of raising $1.5 million to help sustain museum operations and reopen Space Camp come April 2021.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — After receiving a $250,000 donation from the Science Applications International Corporation, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Save Space Camp campaign has surpassed its initial goal.

The campaign began on July 28 and quickly met its goal of raising $1.5 million to help sustain museum operations and reopen Space Camp come April 2021.

“For more than 50 years, SAIC employees have proudly called Huntsville home, and we stand strong in support of this community. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is facing an unprecedented challenge as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact beloved institutions across America, and we are honored to have the opportunity to help,” said SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene. “By ensuring that the USSRC continues to operate during these extraordinary times and encouraging others to contribute, we can secure our nation’s STEM leadership far into the future.”

The Save Space Camp campaign was launched in response to a lack of funding caused by the coronavirus and fewer than normal visitors. According to USSRC, nearly 8,000 people and corporations from all 50 states and 36 different countries contributed to the campaign in just one week.

Credit: JJ Vincent
Credit: JJ Vincent

“This monetary support from SAIC is monumental,” said USSRC CEO and Executive Director Louie Ramirez. “Not only have they pushed us over the top of our initial campaign goal, but SAIC once again proves to be a major supporter of the Rocket Center. They have long provided us with vital IT infrastructure support and provided expert advice on improving the center’s wireless network. With this gift, the company is helping us sustain our museum operations in the coming months and enabling us to bring back Space Camp strong in the spring. They are true community partners.”

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