Saturn V lighting marks ‘Save Space Camp’ fundraiser progress

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Saturn V Rocket was partially lit Thursday night to mark the progress of the ‘Save Space Camp’ fundraising campaign.

Friday afternoon, Boeing made a $500,000 donation to the campaign.

As the campaign progresses, more of the rocket will be lit. Space and Rocket Center officials announced earlier this week it may permanently close at the end of October if it can’t raise enough money.

The campaign has a goal of $1.5 million. With over $600,000 raised on GoFundMe, they have now raised over $1.1 million.

Donors from all 50 states including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have reportedly contributed to keep Alabama’s top attraction open for business.

To contribute to the fundraiser, click here.

“We understand the unprecedented economic hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has caused educational institutions all across the country,” said John Shannon, Vice President & Program Manager for Space Launch Systems at Boeing. “The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a cherished institution that has inspired generations of future scientists, engineers, pilots and even astronauts – many of whom now call Boeing home. With today’s investment, we proudly stand alongside the Center – throughout this pandemic and beyond – as we work towards our shared goal of making Space Camp an even better, brighter, more inclusive experience for our future innovators.” 

“I am awed and grateful for the generous support from Boeing for this vital campaign,” said USSRC CEO and Executive Director Louie Ramirez. “This has been a devastating season for the Rocket Center and Space Camp, but our family of supporters have given us hope for the future. Boeing has been a longtime and important supporter of the work we do. They understand the role the Rocket Center has in sharing the work of Huntsville’s aerospace community and in Space Camp’s unique role in inspiring its future work force. We thank them for this clear and profound statement of support.” 

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