Above / DuPage Children’s Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street. After the gift to the museum from The Dover Foundation is used, one-quarter of the facility will be space for the AWEsome Energy exhibit. (PN File Photo)

DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is thrilled to announce a $500,000 donation by The Dover Foundation as “presenting” sponsor of its exhibit AWEsome ENERGY: A Bright Future Ahead.

The AWEsome ENERGY initiative represents over 20 years of research and testing with a team of educators, scientists, business leaders, parents, and children. DCM’s AWEsome ENERGY neighborhood creates an immersive, interactive experience in three integrated sections: AIR, WATER, and ELECTRICITY.  AWEsome ELECTRICITY opened in June 2012. AWEsome Air opened in December 2015.

AWEsome Water will open on June 24, 2017, during DCM’s 30th birthday party celebration.

AWEsome ENERGY is a massive permanent exhibit and education initiative that, when completed, will cover one-quarter of DCM’s 17,000 sq. ft. exhibit space and will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

DCMAs children explore in a hands-on environment, discovering the scientific forces that power our world, they build creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving skills that will launch them into a bright future.

“We’re excited to support a wonderful learning facility like DuPage Children’s Museum,” said Adrian Sakowicz, President of The Dover Foundation and Vice President of Communications at Dover Corporation. “The Dover Foundation is committed to supporting programs and institutions in our communities that promote education and provide new and dynamic learning opportunities for teachers, students, and youth of all ages.”

DCM President & CEO, Sarah Orleans, said, “This is a mutually beneficial partnership that will demonstrate how The Dover Foundation is making a significant impact in children’s lives around learning. Their exclusive ‘presenting’ sponsorship of AWEsome Energy plays a crucial role in making the exhibit a reality. It further advances DCM’s reputation as a leading education resource, Naperville landmark, and Chicagoland institution providing needed and relevant S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programming for early learners.”

“I am also thrilled to announce that Russell Toney, Senior Vice President, Global Sourcing, Dover Corporation, has recently joined DCM’s Board of Directors,” Orleans added. “This is a dynamic and emerging partnership!”

Toney joined the company in February 2015 and is a key member of the Executive Leadership Team as he oversees the company’s global sourcing function.

AWEsome Energy is grateful for all gifts

Exhibits like AWEsome ENERGY would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, sponsors, grantors, and our nearly 9,000 member families. Fundraising opportunities are still available, and supporters to date include Institute of Museum and Library Services, Exelon, Molex, Dave and Dawn Kelsch, City of Naperville, Crowe Horwath, SunCoke Energy, Ecolab, and others.

To find out more about how you can make an impact today, please contact our Development Department at (630) 637-8000.

About DuPage Children’s Museum

The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represents well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000.

About The Dover Foundation

The Dover Foundation was established in 2011. The Foundation is tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In addition to awarding scholarships to qualified children of Dover employees, contributions are made only to qualified organizations. Contributions are not made to: religious organizations for religious purposes; for any form of political activity; to non-qualified military veteran organizations, fraternal orders or labor groups; for loans of any kind; or for trips, tours, dinners, tickets or advertising. The Foundation does not have and is not able to donate equipment or products.

The Dover Foundation’s mission is to assist our companies and their employees in their efforts to become active members in communities in which we operate. We will accomplish this mission by supporting not-for-profit organizations, causes and/or projects that benefit the community, the environment, and complement the business interests of Dover and its Operating Companies. We will also assist our employees by providing educational scholarship opportunities for their children.

Story submitted by Dee Dee McDevitt | Director of Marketing and Sales, for the DuPage Children’s Museum.