The first phase of the project successfully raised over $400,000 for construction, and attracted more than $200,000 in in-kind donations, mostly in the form of the carved figures, which are valued at about $1,500 apiece.
The economic downturn in 2008 contributed to the failure of the campaign in meeting its fundraising goals, however, and prompted the board to release paid staff in January. Some of the prior grant money is still available, but only by matching it with in-kind services.
"We're very thankful for all the support that individuals and businesses have given thus far, but we're going to need additional help to make the carousel happen in the very near future," Glowa said, adding the total price tag of the project is estimated at $1.2 million.
Specifically, the board is looking for members who can help them reach out to people in the community and beyond, provide website and marketing support, oversee the construction of the pavilion, be part of the fundraising team, and assist with administering the state grants.
"We're hopeful that the new $100,000 will help get us some excited new board members and some more volunteers in the area that can fill in where staff did before," said Glowa. "If we can do that, we're going to be successful."
The board plans to offer an orientation and brainstorming session in the near future for anyone who is interested in volunteering for Adirondack Carousel. Those interested should contact Glowa at email@example.com or by phone at 891-3274.
"We can't wait to see the smiles on the children's faces when they ride one of the beautifully carved Adirondack wildlife figures on the Adirondack Carousel with their friends and family," said Glowa.