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Video game preservation staff

The Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Foundation donate $100,000 to Powered by Play: A Campaign for The Strong to help build three specially designed video game preservation labs as part of the museum’s planned 90,000-square-foot expansion. The labs will provide the equipment and technology necessary to grow and care for The Strong’s world-class electronic games collections and support the work of researchers, faculty, and students from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Paychex Theater

Paychex, Inc. donates $250,000 to benefit Powered by Play: A Campaign for The Strong. In honor of the gift and Paychex’s ongoing museum support, The Strong renames its recently renovated 290-seat auditorium the Paychex Theater.

New York Council on the Arts

The New York State Council on the Arts and Empire State Development awards The Strong a $725,000 NYSCA Large Capital Fund Projects award for its 90,000-square-foot museum expansion project. This project is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. 

Mary Valentine

The Strong trustee and long-time supporter Mary Valentine has pledged a gift of $1 million to Powered by Play: A Campaign for The Strong. In honor of the gift, a planned terrace and café space (adjacent to the new outdoor play garden), will be named the Valentine-Cosman Terrace and Café and host a series of ongoing musical performances. The donation will also help to expand the museum’s senior programming.

Wolk Admissions area

The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation has pledged $500,000 to benefit Powered by Play: A Campaign for The Strong. In acknowledgment of the gift, the museum will name the new admission area—planned to be included in a new state-of-the-art welcome atrium—the Wolk Admission Area.

Aaron Newman

Aaron Newman, who has served on The Strong's Board of Trustees since 2012, has given $100,000 to further grow the museum's International Center for the History of Electronic Games.

Preschool child

The Strong receives a grant of $500,000 from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation to assist with the construction of two state-of-the art classrooms and a garden for the museum’s Woodbury School.

Harvey Simmons

Harvey and Carol Simmons’ relationship with The Strong began back in 2012 when they were looking for a home for Carol’s collection of Marx Honeymoon Express wind-up toy train sets. Since then, the Simmons have become wonderful friends of the museum and have chosen to leave a lasting legacy of play as members of The Strong’s Woodbury Circle Planned Giving Society. “For me, a gift to The Strong is an investment in education for kids and grown-ups alike, as well as a way to preserve our history and build a unified community,” says Harvey. “It also allows us to pay-it-forward for the fortunate lives we’ve led.”

The New York State Council on the Arts


The New York State Council on the Arts awards The Strong a $141,000 grant over three years for general operating support. (The Strong's programming is made possible, in part, by NYSCA with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.)

 

Groundbreaking ceremony

The Strong breaks ground on a 100,000-square-foot expansion and launches $60-million capital campaign, Powered by Play.

The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities awards The Strong a $75,000 planning grant for exhibits that explore the history and importance of electronic games.

M&T Charitable Foundation

M&T Charitable Foundation presents The Strong with a $250,000 donation towards the museum’s Powered by Play comprehensive campaign.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Strong receives a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the documentation, preservation, and accessibility of the museum's 30,000-volume collection of toy trade catalogs.