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Anonymous Donor Issues Challenge to Community to Boost Science Impact

The Fleet Science Center's Match Me Twice campaign is halfway to the goal. For every $1 donated by the community, the anonymous donor will provide $2 up to $500,000.

September 09, 2020

San Diego, CA—The Fleet Science Center is a county-wide organization working with partners, collaborators and supporters to ensure that the next generation of scientists and engineers are ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow. 
Families and educators are relying on the Fleet Science Center to help keep kids learning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and keep our community connected to science. Now, as the new school year starts and the needs of parents, students and teachers are on the rise, supporters can triple their impact by giving to the Fleet's Match Me Twice for Science Campaign.
"Our child was suffering from the socio-emotional isolation of the end of the school year. I could see her really receding into herself. She missed that daily interaction with peers, socializing, and seeing other people. The [Fleet's Summer] camp made such a difference for her," stated a parent of a Fleet summer camp attendee.
The Fleet Science Center's Match Me Twice Campaign started in early August with a pledge from an anonymous family to match every dollar donated with $2. If the goal of $250,000 is reached by December 15, this generous family will donate $500,000, providing critical support to the Fleet Science Center and its education and community initiatives.
Generous community members have made contributions, which total over $129,000, in order to support the Fleet Science Center's efforts to meet the needs of students, parents, educators and community members in this challenging time. 
"Being a parent of two school-age boys, I understand the tremendous challenges faced by parents and educators right now," said Peter Preuss, Fleet Science Center Board Chair. "The Fleet Science Center is responding to the rapidly growing needs of the community, providing support for parents and educators, and keeping kids engaged and connected to STEM learning. Donations to this matching campaign will make a significant difference to these efforts and to the Fleet's mission."  
Now is the time to make a difference and this extraordinary double match amplifies the impact of all donations. The gifts made will provide critical support to sustain the Fleet Science Center and help leverage science to meet growing community needs.
Science is at the forefront of understanding and solving the current crisis and the work of the Fleet Science Center - connecting everyone to science and science education - is more apparent than ever.
For more information on how to make a gift and have it matched twice, please go to www.fleetscience.org/match-me-twice.  
For more information on the Fleet Science Center, please visit www.fleetscience.org.   



About the Fleet Science Center:

The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. At the science center, you can explore and investigate more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet--and beyond--in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. For young science enthusiasts, the Fleet offers science workshops both at the Fleet and at schools throughout San Diego County. For adults, we offer events like Suds & Science and Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar™ at locations all over San Diego. We support communities by leveraging science resources to meet local needs. Teachers are encouraged to join our Teacher Partner Program and take advantage of our professional development opportunities. Additionally, at the Fleet Science Center, visitors will find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store, and pizzas, sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in our Craveology cafe. Located in Balboa Park, at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet is San Diego's science center. Science starts here and opens a world of possibility. For information regarding current admission prices, visit our website at fleetscience.org.
About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urbancultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information, visit balboapark.org.

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