Magazine article Sea Classics

Ss United States Donation

Magazine article Sea Classics

Ss United States Donation

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Coming on the heels of the announcement of a preliminary development agreement that could save the SS United States- America's Flagship - the SS United States Conservancy has announced the receipt of one of its largest individual contributions. A gift of $250,000 was made by an anonymous donor who was inspired by the generosity and passion exhibited by cruise industry executive Jim Pbllin. Last year, Pollin donated an initial $120,000 and then challenged others to help save the SS United States, pledging to match an additional $120,000 in contributions. Supporters from across the country and around the world answered Pollin's call to action to save the historic vessel. Pollin was recently honored with the Conservancy's National Flagship Champion Award.

"Jim's donaions have now yielded more than half a million dollars for America's Flagship," stated Susan Gibbs who is the Conservancy's executive director. "This new major donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is helping us build on the momentum of our encouraging redevelopment agreement announced in December 2014. Feasibility studies for the ship's conversion are ongoing, and many design and engineering challenges must still be overcome. However, this extraordinarily generous donation provides real wind at the sails of our efforts."

Funds from the new gift will be used in the near term for advancing the Conservancy's various curatorial programs, including planning for the SS United States Museum of Design and Discovery. …

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