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Bricks to build fund for center

July 26, 2000

Bricks to build fund for center



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


To raise funds for the planned Discovery Station in downtown Hagerstown, inscriptions on the bricks to be placed in and around the interactive science center are being sold.

For $50, buyers get up to three lines of text on a 4-inch by 8-inch brick. An 8-inch by 8-inch brick with up to six lines of text costs $100, and for $300 a company logo can be inscribed on an 8-inch by 8-inch brick, said Beverly Baccala, president of Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc.

Baccala said the group has mailed 200 to 300 engraved brick-purchasing forms, but anyone can purchase an inscription.

The engraved brick project is a fund-raiser to "kick-start our ability to do a lot more" such as a larger fund-raising drive expected to begin within about a month, said Baccala. She said the engraved brick promotion will be going on through the end of the year.

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"This opens the door to everyone you don't have to be a large corporation to have your name be a part of the structure," said Dave Barnhart, treasurer of Discovery Station at Hagerstown.

Barnhart and Baccala said the engraved brick promotion will be similar to one run by the city, which sold inscriptions on bricks in Public Square to help pay for improvements there.

Barnhart said there is no target amount to be raised through the engraved brick promotion.

Baccala said they hope to sell about 500 of the bricks, adding that if the demand is there they could probably sell up to 1,000.

Discovery Station at Hagerstown is expected to go into the former Tusing warehouse, a vacant three-story brick building at the rear of a parking lot at 58 E. Washington St.

The building is near City Hall and is visible from the first blocks of East Franklin Street and North Potomac Avenue. The city owns the building, which it has leased to the group for $1 a year for five years.

Before the lease expires, Discovery Station can opt to purchase the building for $110,000.

The Discovery Station group plans to make about $1 million in renovations and additions to the building.

Barnhart said the group would like to raise about $1.3 million to pay for construction, exhibits and operating costs for the first year.

Baccala said plans are to open in fall 2001.

For more information or to be placed on the Discovery Station mailing list, call 301-739-2015 and choose option 7, e-mail the organization at discovery_station@hotmail.com or mail the Discovery Station at Hagerstown, P.O. Box 2474, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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