Created: 02/17/2014 10:51 PM WDIO.com
The Duluth Children's Museum announced big progress in their capital campaign Monday.
Through their "Be the Spark" campaign they're hoping to raise more than $4.8 million to renovate the old Duluth Malt and Brewing building on Helm Street.
According to their website, when the transition is completed it will provide more than 28,000 square feet of exhibit, program, and facility space.
On Monday, the museum announced large contributions to bring them closer to that goal.
A private donor, Sarah J. Andersen, donated $1 million towards the end of 2013, according to the museum's Preident and CEO Michael Garcia. And on New Years Eve, he says they learned of another $400,000 gift from the Joyful Women's Fund.
Monday, they added $140,000 more, including a $100,000 matching grant from maurices.
"We're really proud to support the Duluth Children's Museum," said company President George Goldfarb. "Through their great work they spark curiosity and imagination throughout the kids in our region, and provide much needed educational programming."
maurices has already given $25,000 to the project.
Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, also presented a $21,000 check on Monday. Wells Fargo donated $20,000.
The museum hopes their new space will inspire lifelong learners with exhibits focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.
For information on how you can donate, click here.
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