Murdock Charitable Trust Awards Grant to World Kite Museum

LONG BEACH, Wash. – September 10, 2004 -- Blaine Walker, President of the World Kite Museum (WKM) in Long Beach Washington is most pleased to announce that the Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington has awarded the museum a $200,000 "top-off' grant towards the purchase of a new facility; the former Long Beach Fitness Center. 

This award plus prior grant awards and private donations total 77% of the funds needed to complete the acquisition.

 “Top-off grants represent confidence in an organization's ability to complete their proposal,” commented Walker. “We believe the Murdock Charitable Trust grant will encourage other funding sources to seriously consider the World Kite Museum proposal.”

“The acquisition of the building will give the WKM an absolutely stunning permanent home and world-class presentation of kites and kiting,” added Kay Buesing, Museum Executive Director. “The cultural depth of the kite collection and the museum's ability to house visiting collections will give the Peninsula and the Pacific Northwest a premier destination second to none in the Western Hemisphere.” 

In it’s new building the museum will join the rank of exceptional coastal interpretive facilities including the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Cranberry Interpretive Museum, Ilwaco Heritage Museum, and Fort Clatsop. Each has engaged in extensive remodeling and updating of their infrastructure and facilities to better serve their visitors.

"These facilities are world class and we want the World Kite Museum to be one more reason to make a weekend visit to the coast and explore, " explained board director and Bank of the Pacific President Dennis Long.

WKM has set a goal to raise the balance (nearly $200,000) in awards, pledges, and donations by 2005 and has held extensive focus groups, tours, and presentations beginning in the spring of 2004 at the proposed building. 

As part of its current fundraising activities, the WKM will host a fundraiser on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at 303 Sid Snyder Drive, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Suggested donations are $50 per person and can be purchased at the door or at the WKM prior to the event. The evening includes a dessert buffet and a concert by Bob Milne, one of the top ragtime piano players in the country, who will honor our country's veterans with a piano ragtime and boogie-woogie special.

The two-story 10,400-square foot facility at the Sid Snyder breach approach was extensively remodeled in 2000. Over the last year WKM has re-evaluated their strategy of building a new facility or relocation to an appropriate facility and concluded that the acquisition of the new building provided the best solution. This strategy required extensive negotiations with and gracious flexibility from prior grantors including the Templin Foundation, Bank of the Pacific, and Washington State Heritage Society. 

These funding entities, including most notably the Murdock Charitable Trust, the Washington State Building for the Arts, Key Bank, the Zahl Foundation, the Daily Astorian, the Chinook Observer, local private donations, and the support of Yorke and Curtis of Beaverton, are a huge part of making the museum’s relocation a reality. 

WKM has an extensive collection of more than 1,500 kites from all parts of the globe including the largest collection of Japanese kites outside of Japan. Their traveling displays-- How the Kite Made the Airplane -- are circulated nationwide. The museum hosts extensive kite-making workshops, school programs and displays in locations including Portland Center Stage, Sea Tac International Airport, Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon and the Chinese Classical Gardens in Portland.

The World Kite Museum is a 501c3 not for profit organization. WKM was formed in 1988 and has a seven- member board represented by President Blaine Walker, Elizabeth Hadley, Sherry Hash, Ray Nelson, Jim Buesing, Dennis Long, and Jim Sayce. 

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