Since Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the eastern seaboard, Lower Manhattan small businesses and civic institutions have needed all the help they can get, especially financial assistance for repairs. Such help came to the South Street Seaport NYC museum, as it received a huge boost of support in the form of an anonymous check for half a million dollars.
Susan Henshaw Jones, president of the South Street Seaport Museum, received the check from an anonymous donor as a Fidelity Charitable grant which is an independent public charity with a donor-endorsed fund. The $500,000 anonymous check is roughly the 500th donation received by the museum. These 500 donors include philanthropic organizations, corporations, and private individuals.
Donors to the South Street Seaport museum range from a child who donated $10 from his piggy bank, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which gave the museum a $100,000 grant, to the recent anonymous half-million dollar check. In total, the South Street Seaport Museum has collected more than $750,000 in cash and pledges in order to repair the Lower Manhattan Hurricane destruction wreaked on the museum.
Susan Henshaw Jones estimates, however, that all of the damage on the museum will have a final tab of roughly $22 million. With this steep benchmark, the museum is now applying to FEMA for a grant and appealing for continued donations from the general public.
Any financial contributions to the South Seaport can be made at on the museum’s website: www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.