Rac­ing mu­seum half­way to $20M goal

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Sarato­gian staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The Na­tional Mu­seum of Rac­ing and Hall of Fame is al­most half­way to its goal of $20 mil­lion to fund the Mu­seum’s up­com­ing Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence.

Since an­nounc­ing the cap­i­tal cam­paign on Hall of Fame Day on Aug. 3, the mu­seum has raised $9 mil­lion to­ward the project.

Now, the mu­seum is reach­ing out to the rac­ing in­dus­try and fans of the sport to help com­plete the project’s fund­ing goal.

“We’re thrilled with the progress we’ve made to­ward our Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence. We are ex­tremely grate­ful to the donors, es­pe­cially the tremen­dous sup­port we have re­ceived to date from the Mu­seum’s board of trustees,” said John Hen­drick­son, the mu­seum’s pres­i­dent, in a press re­lease. “We have made great strides to­ward our goal in only three months, and now we are mak­ing a broader ap­peal to ev­ery­one in the rac­ing in­dus­try to help us cross the fin­ish line.

“When this project is com­pleted, I be­lieve we will have the best sports hall of fame in the coun­try. It will pro­vide a gamechang­ing, must-see vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence at the Mu­seum.”

The Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence, which will open in July 2020, will fea­ture a re-imag­ined Hall of Fame, in­clud­ing a new state-of-the-art sig­na­ture film and cut­ting-edge in­ter­ac­tive Hall of Fame dig­i­tal plaques.

The new dig­i­tal in­ductee plaques will in­clude an in-depth multi-me­dia look at the lives and ca­reers of each hu­man and equine mem­ber of the Hall of Fame.

The new Hall of Fame is meant to in­spire ex­ist­ing and new fans through the un­der­stand­ing of the deep level of mas­tery of craft re­quired of thor­ough­breds, jock-

eys, train­ers, own­ers and breed­ers to reach the high­est lev­els of the sport and es­tab­lish a new stan­dard for dra­matic and im­mer­sive in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences through­out the mu­seum.

“This will be a mu­seum ex­pe­ri­ence like no other,” Hen­drick­son added. “We are very much look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing this vi­sion to the en­tire sport of rac­ing and all its fans. This project will rep­re­sent the best of the sport and ev­ery­one in­volved in the in­dus­try will be able to take great pride and own­er­ship in it.”

Donors in­ter­ested in con­tribut­ing to the mu­seum’s Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence or learn more are en­cour­aged to con­tact the mu­seum at (518) 584-0400 ext. 112 or send a check to: Na­tional Mu­seum of Rac­ing and Hall of Fame, Attn: Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

For a closer look at the mu­seum’s vi­sion for the new Hall of Fame Ex­pe­ri­ence, web users can visit w w w.rac­ing­mu­seum.org and play the pro­mo­tional video on the land­ing page.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mu­seum, in­clud­ing spe­cial events and pro­gram of­fer­ings, please call (518) 584-0400 or visit our web­site at www.rac­ing­mu­seum.org.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED

This ren­der­ing shows how the in­side of the re-imag­ined Hall of Fame Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence would look when com­pleted.

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