Alyeska supports the Fairbanks Children's Museum's annual Exploration of Food and Wine Gala fundraiser. What is special about this event?
"Only 180 people can attend and many are Alyeska employees. Last year, Alyeska donated a safety package that included a set of Bridgestone Blizzaks tires and cold weather gear. Alyeska is truly concerned with safety and preparedness! The audience greatly appreciated the humor of our staff holding up a tire in our event attire. The safety package was auctioned off and raised $2,000 to continue curriculum development and operational financing. This event keeps the doors at the museum open and the ability to bring in a great set of staff members."
The Fairbanks Children's Museum and Alyeska partnership began a year before the museum found its permanent downtown home. Please tell us more about the evolution of the museum.
"When Alyeska first joined the museum's family of supporters, we were in the middle of performing tests on the feasibility of the model and location. Our prototype at the Museum of the North was about to launch to ensure that the children’s museum was going to be a lasting need in the community. Our location is in the heart of downtown Fairbanks; the museum launch was a great addition to the recent revitalization effort of the area. We had our 2014 Gala and the support we received from Alyeska and other donors help launch the successful program we run today."
Tell us about some of the popular programs that families love.
"Our museum has a variety of exhibits and activities – a few are permanent fixtures but we keep everything dynamic through a changing theme every month and temporary activities. We are proud that community support has helped us invest in a water table, an air maze and a pin screen. Fresh content is always available to returning children through the Imagineering lab and art projects. This month, the theme is transportation, so all of our crafts and lessons teach kids about trucks, planes, trains and more. Kids crave consistency, so we keep some permanent exhibits open for them to return to, but we always want them to experience new things through the power of play."