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MOSI-PNC piggy bank campaign to foster philanthropy in children


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TAMPA – Kids of all ages, listen up.

You’re invited to come to the “pig pen” at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., any time of the day, seven days a week – free of charge.

MOSI is partnering with PNC Bank in its “Give Change to Make Change” campaign aimed at encouraging philanthropy among youngsters as they raise money to send 400 disadvantaged children to MOSI’s Summer Science Camp.

Positioned in MOSI’s lobby is a “pig pen” filled with piggy banks waiting to be picked up, taken home and handled with consideration and kindness. Each one comes with its own set of feeding instructions, namely that the piggy favors meals of quarters. But dimes, nickels and pennies will also help fill its tummy.

When there’s no more room inside for its nourishment simply return the plum-full piggy bank to MOSI by April 25 and trade it in for another, plus a ticket for two – one child and one adult – to the May 3 Children’s Gala from 5 to 7 p.m.

Twelve-year-old PJ Whitaker of PJ’s Sports Talk will emcee the fun-filled event hosted by Side the Science Kid. The merriment will include dessert being served before dinner, a green slime dunk tank, a DJ dance party and prizes, including an iPad Mini for the child who raises the most money between now and May 3.

Youngsters are encouraged to fill as many piggy banks as they can and return them to MOSI in time for the gala.

MOSI and PNC’s goal is to disburse 10,000 piggy banks in their effort to help bring youngsters to camp whose families cannot afford the attendance fee.

“People are always saying that the next generation will change the world … but you don’t have to grow up to make a difference. It’s happening right now,” said MOSI’s vice president of development Molly Demeulenaere.

PNC Regional President Joe Meterchick said his company is thrilled to partner with MOSI in this initiative because it relates to one of his institution’s core values, building strong communities in the markets it serves.

“Teaching children that you can make a difference in the lives of others through philanthropic giving will ensure that we continue to strengthen community building for the future.”

Call (813) 987-6000 or visit this website for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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