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PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER MAINTAINS HIGHEST SCIENCE CENTER MEMBERSHIP IN COUNTRY

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER MAINTAINS HIGHEST SCIENCE CENTER MEMBERSHIP
 IN COUNTRY
 SEATTLE, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Science Center announced today it ended its 30th fiscal year, 1991-92, with the largest science center membership in the nation, an annual fund above projections and a balanced budget.
 At year's end, Pacific Science Center's membership totalled 31,488 households, representing over 140,000 individuals and an increase of 11.8 percent over last year. These strong membership figures position Pacific Science Center as the largest science center membership in the country for two consecutive years.
 The success of the membership drive was matched by that of the annual fund campaign. Chaired by Tomio Moriguchi, president of Uwajimaya, the campaign surpassed its goal raising more than $587,000, and making the campaign the most successful ever.
 Moriguchi credited the team of over 90 corporate volunteers who called on corporations in Seattle and throughout the Northwest, for a $30,413 increase over last year's annual fund. Corporate and foundation gifts made up 51 percent of the total, with 21 new corporate gifts. The largest corporate donors were The Boeing Co., Burlington Resources Foundation, Microsoft, Northern Life Insurance Co., SAFECO, U S WEST and Weyerhaeuser Co. Foundation.
 "Individual contributions to the Science Center were the largest-growing segment of donations," noted executive director of Pacific Science Center George Moynihan. "Each year the public has increased access to Pacific Science Center programs statewide, including the traveling van program, science enrichment classes, unique summer camp programs and the touring exhibits such as Science Carnival and WHALES: Giants of the Deep. Considering the uncertain economic climate, we regard the community interest as a strong vote of confidence in Pacific Science Center as a regional educational institution," he continued.
 Pacific Science Center closed fiscal year 1991-92 in the black with an operating surplus in excess of $100,000 over the $9.1 million budget. This marks the 16th consecutive year that Pacific Science Center has operated with a balanced budget.
 Other 1991-92 highlights include:
 - $3 million pledged towards Pacific Science Center's Phase One of the Major Gifts Program bringing the total to $4.175 million;
 - $75,000 grant from the Institute of Museum Services for the 14th year;
 - 1,998 teachers trained;
 - 586 Traveling Van Days reached 194,117 students and teachers;
 - Science Carnival reached 63,391 people at four sites in Washington and Idaho and continued bringing hands-on science exhibits and school programs to communities that do not have easy access to a science center;
 - Pacific Science Center received a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for its Science Carnival Consortium, a partnership with seven developing science centers nationwide;
 - Mountain Gorilla, an IMAX(R) film, saw its world premiere at Pacific Science Center;
 - WHALES: Giants of the Deep began a national tour to Anchorage, Alaska, San Diego and Dallas;
 - Lasers & Holograms: Discovering the Splendid Light toured to Portland, Ore., Lansing, Mich., and Charlotte, N.C.;
 - MAZES, created by Science Center staff attracted more than 580,000 people by June 30, 1992, and continues to delight and challenge visitors;
 - 31,535 hours of volunteer service worked representing approximately $252,280 in support for Pacific Science Center;
 - The ever-popular DINOSAURS were installed as a permanent exhibit;
 - Pacific Science Center received 9,386 column inches of print coverage on exhibits, school programs and special events.
 Pacific Science Center programs served 1.23 million adults and children in Seattle and throughout the state during 1991-92.
 Founded in 1962, Pacific Science Center celebrates its 30th birthday year Oct. 24, 1992. Pacific Science Center is an independent, not-for- profit educational foundation dedicated to increasing the public's understanding and appreciation of science, mathematics and technology through interactive exhibits and programs.
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 /CONTACT: Joelle Robinson of Pacific Science Center, 206-443-2879/ CO: Pacific Science Center ST: Washington IN: SU:


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