|Let us say this first, above all, we hope you and yours are safe, healthy and well.
A friend in need is a friend indeed…never have those words rung truer than they do now. As you know, the Maritime Museum in Beaufort has not been open to the public since March. Despite the closed doors, the work of the Museum and the Friends goes on. During the temporary closure, the Friends full-time staff remains employed and our Board and volunteers are active. Our overhead costs continue on a daily basis, and we remain committed to our ongoing internal projects, programs and ‘behind-the-scenes’ work in support of the Museum.
Sadly, we had to cancel Maritime Day, our annual June Party, the popular Junior Sailing Program, Crab Cake Cook-Off and many other gatherings, formal and informal. The Wooden Boat Show has been postponed (with possible cancellation looming) and we are monitoring the situation concerning the Boatshop Bash and Christmas Flotilla. Memberships are down as individuals, families and businesses cope with their own real hardships. With these cancellations the Friends have struggled financially during this unprecedented time. To put this in real numbers, we are looking at a potential of at least $40,000.00 to $50,000.00 in lost revenue for 2020.
Many of our members, business partners and sponsors have asked how they can support us through these uncharted waters. We are humbled by the outpouring of support and are greatly appreciative. You can make a difference in keeping us afloat by making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Friends.
With your contribution, you are recognizing the importance of the NC Maritime Museum to Beaufort, the Crystal Coast, and the State of North Carolina. Please click below with your support today. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Friends’ office at 252.728.1638.
We appreciate every contribution and consideration, and promise to work hard as we adjust our daily routines and roles to navigate these turbulent seas.
A friend in need truly is a Friend of the Maritime Museum, indeed…now and always.