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FL Boating Museum Engages Fundraising Group

The Boating Museum of Geneva has engaged Danforth Development of Rochester to lead the creation of an aggressive fundraising plan for capital needs for the organization. “Danforth Development will begin the strategic work to secure the funds necessary to meet the goals of the Boating Museum,” said E. Danforth “Dana” Kimberly, CFRE, president and founder of the firm. “The Boating Museum has one hundred historic boats and vessels that are ready to be seen and enjoyed by the public. We are moving forward with plans to work closely with the City of Geneva to put them on display in a world-class museum on the Seneca Lake waterfront,” said Bill Oben, board president. Danforth provides fund-raising counsel to non-profits in the upstate New York region. Danforth is a full-service firm offering feasibility studies, capital campaign management, board and leadership development, planned giving program development and development program assessments. Founded in 2001, Danforth has partnered with more than 45 organizations in three states over nine years, including the Rochester Museum and Science Center and Corn Hill Navigation. The boating museum has assembled a collection of wooden boats built in the Finger Lakes over the past 100 years, as well as numerous related artifacts and extensive reference material. Making these collection items available to view is vital to telling our history, President Oben said, plus there will be a lot more to do than viewing boats because education, restoration and preservation are the key elements of our organizational mission. Also featured will be boat rides on Seneca Lake, active on-water programs including sailing and small boat handling, interactive workshops and displays to engage visitors in the design and construction of boats and boating history materials and programs. The boating museum is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation and was chartered by the New York State Department of Education in 1997 to “research, document, preserve and share the boating history of the Finger Lakes region.” Additional information about this news release may be found at the Boating Museum website www.flbm.org and at www.danforthdevelopment.com. Contact the boating museum at flbm@rochester.rr.com or at P.O. Box 425, Geneva, NY 14456.

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