Michelle Parnett Promoted to Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

August 28, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@museumofplay.org

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325, kdellaporta@museumofplay.org

Michelle Parnett Promoted  
to Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
at The Strong® Museum

The Strong museum is pleased to announce that Michelle Parnett has been promoted to director of foundation and corporate relations. Parnett previously served as special assistant to the president and CEO and assistant librarian. In her new role, Parnett develops and writes grants, manages fundraising events such as The Strong’s annual Play Ball, and obtains corporate support for the gala, exhibits, and other special events.   

Prior to joining The Strong, Parnett served as a development associate with Danforth Development and as an adjunct professor of English at Finger Lakes Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology. Parnett holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Buffalo. She lives in Pittsford.

About The Strong

The Strong is the first collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.