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PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES CAPITAL APPROPRIATION FROM WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE

 PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER RECEIVES CAPITAL APPROPRIATION
 FROM WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE
 SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Science Center today announced that the Washington State Legislature has appropriated $1,061,000 to the Science Center for capital improvements and exhibit development.
 The money has been allocated to the Stage One Building & Endowment Campaign, the first stage of Pacific Science Center's Major Gifts Program. The goal of Stage One is to raise $5.6 million for major capital improvements, the first since the Science Center was born out of the 1962 World's Fair. Of the $5.6 million, $4.24 million will be used for new construction, renovation, remodeling, restoration and exhibit development; $1.34 million will be applied to an endowment for ongoing exhibit replacement and maintenance of exhibits and facilities.
 The Stage One improvements will include developing a major new technology exhibit, improving handicapped access in Building Three, glassing in the Building Three courtyard to create more usable exhibit space, installing a covered walkway from John Street to the Science Center, and repairing and restoring building exteriors and the pond area.
 "We are grateful for the commitment the Governor and Legislature have made to Stage One of our Major Gifts Program," said George Moynihan, executive director of Pacific Science Center. "This action demonstrates an investment in science literacy throughout Washington state. We hope to have the majority of capital funds raised by Oct. 22, when we celebrate our 30th birthday."
 The state appropriation accounts for 25 percent of the $4.24 million needed to complete the capital improvement program. The state funds have been appropriated on a 3:1 matching basis.
 Corporate, foundation and individual contributions to date total $1,579,000. They include: The Boeing Co., $700,000; SAFECO Insurance Cos., $200,000; Joshua Green Foundation, $125,000; The Norcliffe Foundation, $100,000; Weyerhaeuser Co. Foundation, $50,000; Penwest, $25,000; Puget Sound Power & Light Co., $25,000; The Seattle Foundation, $25,000; Security Pacific Bank, $25,000; John Fluke Manufacturing Co., $15,000; Lakeside Industries, $5,000; Davis Wright Tremaine, $2,000; and individual pledges amounting to $282,000.
 Pacific Science Center is a not-for-profit educational foundation dedicated to increasing science literacy in Washington state. The Science Center has the largest science center membership base in the country, serves 1.2 million children and adults each year and is visited by 2,500 school groups annually.
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 /CONTACT: Terri Silver of Pacific Science Center, 206-443-2879/ CO: Pacific Science Center ST: Washington IN: SU:


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