continued Liselle LaFrance, director of Historic Cherry Hill, said the fundraiser is sorely needed to support the institution’s preservation and educational efforts, as funds to support the historic landmark continue to dwindle.
“We continue to plug away at it but it’s a challenge and I know that’s partly due to the economy,” said LaFrance.
Cherry Hill, located on South Pearl Street in Albany, receives monetary support from the New York State Council on the Arts, grants from the City of Albany and competes for grants on the state and federal level. It relies on individual and corporate donations for the rest of its operating budget.
“Our individual support from community members has increased every year in the past several years. … It’s tougher in the corporate sector and that has not provided what we had hoped it would,” said LaFrance.
There are three full- and three part-time employees at Historic Cherry Hill to pay, as well as general costs. The April 14 fundraiser will raise money to support those day-to-day operations.
Historic Cherry Hill is simultaneously coordinating a capital campaign separate from what it takes to run the museum that will fund a $1 million restoration of the building.
“We received a federal challenge grant to start that campaign and received several state grants and are raising money within the community for that effort as well,” said LaFrance.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 and the event features wines, specialty teas, food, period music and “special appearances” by Jessie Strang, Elsie Whipple and 1827 tavern guests. For more information about Cherry Hill or the fundraiser, visit www.historiccherryhill.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.