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|A Difference of Opinion on National Railroad Hall of Fame Fundraising
|Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza may have said something about the status of the proposed National Railroad Hall of Fame that Hall officials aren't too pleased with.
Garza and aldermen toured the former Ferris Moving and Storage facility on Mulberry Street Tuesday. City officials have suggested that the building could become a boutique hotel that could serve, in part, the Hall of Fame if it's built.
And that's what had Garza partially concerned, when he told WGIL he wasn't so sure the Hall as it's proposed right now would be a success.
"It would be very difficult to realize that $30 million scale and above," Garza said. "I still have hopes that they will realize the project. But, at the same time, it may be in a smaller facility, smaller footprint."
National Railroad Hall of Fame Executive Director Julie King tells WGIL's "Galesburg Live" who's to say whether or not a $30 million project is too big.
"It's really premature to know, until our philanthropic market study is done, what our estimated philanthropic potential is," King said. "In fact, I guess one could say that we won't know with absolute certainty until we reach the end of a national fundraising campaign."
King says the philanthropic market study will help determine what kind of financial support could be obtained for such a project. Then, she says, she and other Hall members will go across the country holding receptions with potential donors.
King says, on average, it could take 18 to 24 months from first contact with a potential donor, to get to the point of sealing the deal.
|03 31 10 by Newsroom
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