SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES $400,000 GRANT FROM ROBERT D.L. GARDINER FOUNDATION FOR ADA-COMPLIANT WING
Riverhead, NY – 09/18/2015 – A Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation grant of $400,000 has been awarded to the Suffolk County Historical Society for its planned ADA-compliant wing. This generous gift will assist SCHS in building an addition that will house an elevator and two handicap-accessible restrooms. Also included in this project is a handicap parking area proposed for the southeast corner of the Society's West Main Street property. SCHS has committed $140,000 to this project and is mounting a capital campaign to raise an additional $275,000 needed to complete the ADA-compliant wing. The addition will be named for Robert David Lion Gardiner.
"I am thrilled that the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has seen the value of this project and has chosen to support it. This gift will help SCHS become a cultural and educational resource for all those having an interest in American and local history. This new addition will also assist SCHS in reaching a broader, more inclusive audience, making the building accessible not only to handicapped visitors but also to families and the elderly," said former SCHS Director Kathy Curran. It was under Curran's term as Executive Director of SCHS that this grant was obtained.
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for their most generous grant," said SCHS Board President Bob Barauskas. "It was only three short years ago that the ADA-compliant wing was a draft design. This funding will help take us from concept to reality, making our facility available to everyone to view the treasures contained within. Anyone wishing to become a member or donor can contact Ms. Kerry McKillop at 631-727-2881 x106 or visit our website at www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org," Mr. Barauskas added.
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