Area’s First “Green” Dealership Donates Minivan to Museum’s Outreach Program
Westchester County, N.Y. (June 29, 2012) – The Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM) recently received a new vehicle courtesy of Curry Automotive. The vehicle, which will be used by the museum for a two-year period and will be wrapped with WCM graphics, was donated at the grand opening of Curry’s new state-of-the-art, 30,000 sq. ft. LEED®-Registered (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Subaru - Hyundai automobile showroom in Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. Curry Automotive Group has long been an advocate of the Westchester Children’s Museum and has generously supported the organization’s programs and campaign to build an interactive learning center in the historic Rye Playland Bathhouses.
WCM’s new vehicle will help build awareness for the museum and extend opportunities for the Museum Without Walls Education Program, which targets youth from low- to moderate-income families across Westchester and lower Fairfield. Museum Without Walls has served more than 7,000 students since the program began in early 2010.
“Museum Without Walls reaches a critical segment of our region’s youth,” said Tracy Kay, Executive Director, Westchester Children’s Museum. “These children are often the ones most impacted by declining school budgets, which have eliminated many out-of-school enrichment programs. We are extremely grateful to Curry Automotive for generously donating this vehicle, which will allow us to reach even more deserving children with programming that inspires discovery and a lasting love for learning.”
All Museum Without Walls programs are funded by corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. Curry Subaru-Hyundai’s donation was made as a public show of support for the museum’s educational initiatives through Museum Without Walls, which offers children the opportunity to examine environmental and sustainability issues, among other exploratory learning opportunities designed to stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.
“My family and I have been strong supporters of Westchester Children’s Museum since the beginning,” said Curry Automotive CEO Bernard F. Curry, III, whose wife, Cynthia Foster Curry, served as one of WCM’s founding board members and is currently a member of the WCM Board of Advisors. “We’ve seen firsthand the educational and emotional rewards that our region’s youth have experienced as a result of the Museum Without Walls program and we’re thrilled to contribute to the growth of the museum’s outreach through Curry Automotive.”
Museum Without Walls also educates children about cultural diversity and encourages participation in the creative arts through music. Lessons are delivered by experienced educators and supported by trained volunteers, many of whom are former or current scientists and classroom teachers.
For more information on WCM or to learn about ways to help, please call 914-421-5050 or visit http://www.discoverWCM.org.
About Curry Subaru-Hyundai (www.currysubaru.com,www.curryhyundai.com)
Curry Subaru-Hyundai is part of Curry Automotive, which was established in 1919 and serves New York City, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, Atlanta, GA, and western Massachusetts, selling new, certified and used cars, trucks and SUVs for Acura, Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Scion, Subaru, and Toyota. Its current CEO, Bernard F. Curry, is a third generation owner.
About Westchester Children’s Museum (www.discoverwcm.org)
Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM) will be a learning laboratory providing children, families, and school groups throughout Westchester County and the surrounding region with the opportunity to nurture curiosity, enhance knowledge, and ignite imagination through hands-on exploration. The Westchester County Board of Legislators recently granted WCM a home at the historic Rye Playland North Bathhouse, where families will learn and explore through state-of-the-art exhibits. Until its physical home is built, WCM is dedicated to fulfilling its educational mission through its Museum Without Walls program, which has brought hands-on educational programs to more than 7,000 children since launching in March 2010.