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Eugene Science Center raising money for planetarium upgrades

The Richard P. Haugland Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will match the money the center raises up to $60,000.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 5:20 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 5:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Science Center is raising money to update its planetarium and they were recently awarded a major fundraising challenge grant.

The Richard P. Haugland Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation will match the money the center raises up to $60,000.

The center's video and computer equipment in the planetarium are a decade old and they are trying to update it to meet the needs of the community.

"I'm really excited about the capabilities of this new equipment," Haley Sharp, planetarium director, said. "It will just greatly increase what we can do in here, also just the visual 'Wow!' we are going to get."

The new equipment will cost about $190,000. So far they have raised a total of $74,000, but in order to get the grant they will need $60,000 more.

"It's just a brighter system, higher resolution than what we can currently offer in there," Sharp continued. "So it will just look so much more captivating, on top of being able to dig a lot deeper on the stem topics that we talk about."

The deadline to donate is June 1. If you are interested in donating to the Eugene Science Center you can go to their website for more information. 

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