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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 02/28/2004 03:19 PM
URL(s): N/A Updated: 11/11/2004 12:20 AM
The OBA and the FAC Museum Need Support!
Please help YOUR association grow!
 
By Jim Hodgson
 
February 1, 2004
(Updated March 13, 2004)

Dear Friends,

Download the Presentation:

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation explaining more about the FAC Museum Proposal (You can right-click once on the link above and select "Save Target As..." to save the presentation to your hard drive, or just click on the link to view it immediately.)

It doesn't seem possible, but three years ago we launched a fund raising campaign to purchase the original OV-10 factory mockup. After six months of work we were able to acquire this valuable piece of history and now, after two years and thousands of hours of work, the restoration nears completion. Although we did not achieve our ultimate dollar goals for the mockup, we did raise enough money to purchase and transport it here. Since then, we have been able to pay for supplies from the Treasury.

Almost eighteen months ago we began work on transforming a dingy, dirty maintenance space into a bright, shinny Readyroom and OV-10 museum. None of these things could have been done without your financial support. You are helping us build a memorial to all members of the OV-10 community by preserving its heritage and inspiring and educating the general public. Through donations of money, goods and services we have covered over half the costs of the Readyroom, over $16,000. Again, thanks to all of you who have supported that effort. Your past support is very much appreciated.

Now, however, we again need your help. Some of the items needed for the Readyroom were beyond our ability to self fund, like the HVAC system, installation of metal studs and foam insulation. To get those things installed we secured a short term loan. That loan needs to be repaid. Likewise, we are moving into a stage with the mockup where funds are needed. For instance, the paint costs $120 per gallon and the markings need to be commercially reproduced. In addition, we would like to add an audio visual system to the Readyroom to enhance its capabilities for lectures, meetings and presentation.

You may also be aware of our announcement of an all FAC Museum. Originally we had considered this a possibility in two or three years. We just learned that a space is becoming available now and we would like to secure that area and connect the FAC Museum to our Readyroom giving us a total of 4,800 square feet of display, research, presentation and storage space. To do that, we will need to lock up the space with a lease for at least a year to get the FAC Museum organized and moving forward. This museum will recognize all FACs, from balloons to UAV's, on the ground or in the air, fast or slow, pilot or enlisted. All FAC's.

As you may know, our Association is a nonprofit organization chartered under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides for tax deductible donations. Asking for a "donation" could put us in violation of various State laws and if we provide a premium we could hinder the tax deductibility of your financial support. Therefore, we are asking you for a "voluntary assessment" to assist us in our goals.

We need $8,000 to cover our outstanding loan for the Readyroom heavy equipment. We have estimated the A/V equipment at $4,000 for a projection screen, video projector, computer, PA and sound system. For the mockup, we need $3,000 for supplies and funds to transfer donated parts from the California Department of Forestry in Davis, California to Texas. For the FAC Museum, we need a combination of sponsors or members to pledge $3,200 to secure space. This is a total of $18,200.

We can reach this goal if each member could see your way clear to contribute a voluntary assessment of $70.00. Non-member support would also be welcomed.

We don't want to make this a long, drawn-out affair. Please consider helping us finish the work we have started. We have come a long way and there is a long way to go, but with your continued support we can achieve this goal.

You may support us easily via PayPal with any of the links below, or you may mail, call, or fax us as listed below. Regardless of the method, we hope you will choose to participate.

Thank you again for your past support. It is greatly appreciated and allows us to preserve your heritage.

Best regards,

Jim Hodgson
President

VOLUNTARY ASSESSMENT CATEGORIES CONTRIBUTION
Readyroom (Goal $8,000):
Funds to be used to retire environmental systems debt.
Mockup Restoration (Goal $3,000):
Funds to be used for supplies, transfer fees and transportation of parts.
Audio-Visual System (Goal $4,000):
Funds to be used for video projector, computer, projection screen and PA/surround sound system.
Forward Air Controller's Museum (Goal $3,200):
Funds will be used to secure a one year lease on space adjoining the Readyroom for future display and storage space.
FAC Museum membership (Goal 200 members):
One year for $20 ($10 for OBA members.)
One Year OBA membership is $30.00
You may click the buttons above to contribute easily and securely through PayPal. Of course, you may also send a contribution to us via postal mail. We can take checks, money Orders, or major Credit Cards (please include the card number, expiration date, the full name printed on the card, and your signature as well as the amount you would like to contribute.)

You may reach us at:

    OV-10 Bronco Association
    505 NW 38th Street, Hangar 33s
    Fort Worth, TX 76106
    USA

Questions or comments? Contact us at (800) 575-0535, FAX (817) 488-8170 or email obainfo@verizon.net

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