H2Oh! fundraiser to benefit National Museum of the Great Lakes

Press Staff Writer

        This year has seen struggles of historic proportions, especially for museums. With the mission of keeping Great Lakes history afloat, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) will present a virtual fundraising gala – H2Oh! – which will consist of a live-streamed production beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and include an online auction during the week leading up to the event.
        The production can be viewed over computers, smart TVs and mobile devices, will support the museum’s mission by:
        • Setting into motion the Great Lakes Memory Project—a new oral history initiative;
        • Giving a first look at the museum’s “Port of Toledo: Then and Now” temporary exhibit being installed in ProMedica headquarters’ History Walk Gallery;
        • And announcing the winner of the 2020 Luck of the Lakes raffle, providing one lucky individual and his or her guests a chance to win a trip aboard a Great Lakes freighter.
        “Our Great Lakes, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario, contain 84% of the continent’s fresh water and together are a powerful force that has forged destinies, nourished wildlife, sparked wars, taken thousands of ships and continue to provide countless hours of recreation and drive industry and economy,” said Kate Fineske the museum’s director of development and communications. “This year’s gala will highlight Great Lakes stories and how so many individuals have been shaped by their existence.”
        Beginning Sept. 17 and ending after the live-streamed production on Sept. 27, the museum will also host an online auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime Great Lakes-inspired experiences and memorabilia. All proceeds will help keep Great Lakes history afloat by supporting the National Museum of the Great Lakes and their mission to preserve and make
known the history of the Great Lakes.
        To learn more about the event and register to participate visit: nmgl.org/h2oh2020.


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