Oh golly gee! Sarasota’s Gulfcoast Wonder & Imagination Zone (GWIZ) needs some funny fun funding! GWIZ is the area's leader in education focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). For 22 years, GWIZ has been well-loved by the 150,000 children (and we assume a few adults) that learn within our walls every year. Being an effective educator for so many individuals is hard work and will wear ya’ down! So, in order to keep the fun and excitement in learning, we need your help to give our beloved GWIZ an extreme makeover!
Radical ideas call for radical plans. We are taking a much anticipated hiatus to completely renovate the facility; poor old GWIZ is in desperate need of a nap, a bath, and a new party dress! To properly execute this head-to-toe, inside-to-out transformation we must start anew; we are throwing everything out except our Faulhaber Fab Lab and our animals! GWIZ needs new makeup (war paint), a new wardrobe (flooring, construction), and new accessories (new cool stuff to play & learn with). To offer the absolute best in hands-on, embodied learning we are replacing the old exhibits (what a boring word, huh!?) with, what we now call, the Educational AIDE (Adventure, Imagine, Discover, Explore). This makeover, will completely transform the organization into a GWIZ Sarasota has never seen … just in time for the holidays! If the universe stays on our side, that is.
So, what’s this going to take, you ask? First, a boat-load patience. Second, and most importantly, we need a lot of love from a lot of people. Sarasota’s gem needs its community to Take Over the Makeover! In order to fund this beast we have launched fundraising campaigns with targeted goals. We have a naming campaign for areas of our building … that’s big bucks! We also have a naming campaign to fund our new Educational AIDEs. But the nitty-gritty details like the makeover? That’s what this campaign is for. We need your help to put the sass back in GWIZ. Every single dollar donated pushes us one more step forward. As cool as that sounds, we have an even cooler plan for some of the funding from this campaign. We’re going to use 25% of what you donate to fund our Day Play scholarships. This program allows children, who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to visit GWIZ, come and play with what your contributions will create! Don’t worry; there are consolation prizes for you too! For a contribution of $10 or more you will be asked to upload your photo to our GWIZ Family Photo Album. We’ve got secret plans for that when we reopen; it’s going to be totally rad! For a contribution of $25 or more you’ll get to upload your photo AND… you’ll receive a GWIZ day pass for two people, since no one wants to come alone! For a contribution of $100 or more you’ll get to upload your photo, you’ll receive a year-long GWIZ membership for a family of four AND … unlimited use of our restrooms during your visits! What can we say? Love is cyclical.
Please consider contributing to our crazy idea and help us keep our momentum going! One more favor then we’ll go away… puh-LEASE share what we’re doing with your friends and family! Talk about us on facebook. Squeak about us on twitter. If you like to rock it old school go on and send a fax or courier pigeon. Whatever makes your heart sing…just share us! Be a part of the new GWIZ!
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