POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Wednesday night was a celebration of innovation and sustainability at the annual Poughkeepsie Children’s Museum fundraiser at the Waterfront Pavilion.
The celebration was, in part, to showcase the innovation that extends beyond the walls of the Museum. In particular, the newly created Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market that the Museum has coordinated with local farmers.
“We recognized that many of the children and parents coming to us from the City of Poughkeepsie didn’t have access to fresh and healthy food in the City of Poughkeepsie”, said Museum Executive Director Lara Litchfield-Kimber, “so in June of this year we organized the Waterfront Market where, every Monday from 4p.m. to 7p.m., residents can come and experience fresh fruits and vegetables, at affordable pricing, from our local Hudson Valley farms”.
The Museum partnered with local farmers who brought fresh fruits, produce, vegetables, cheeses, honey and syrups, and prepared foods.
In keeping with the focus of the night, the pavilion was transformed into a farm themed event. Le’ Express restaurant owner, John Lekic brought his Farmers and Chefs food truck to provide the evening’s fare, and several local businesses jumped on board to sponsor the event, including lead sponsor, TEG Federal Credit Union.
“We did the golf event thing for three years, in support of the Children’s Museum”, noted Keith Kurman, VP of Lending at TEG, “but we always struggled with getting the participants down here to see where their money was going. This event allows them to better make the connection and experience all the good things that the Children’s Museum does.”
As the only Children’s Museum in the country to open and operate a farmer’s market to address a growing community need, the Museum has been nominated for an international award recognizing best business practices.
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