The Strong is a trusted resource for families, children, and people of all ages who value the power of play—and for those who have made play their life’s work.

Steve Dubnik

“This is a moment of opportunity and responsibility for The Strong. As stewards of the history of play, we must expand our spaces and our reach, amplifying what we do in a modern context to show the transformative impact we have on our community and the lives of people around the world.”

—Steve Dubnik, President & CEO, The Strong

Steve Pasierb

“It is unlike any other museum— it is so much more. There is a reawakening about the importance of play, and The Strong is essential to our understanding of how we all benefit from play.”

—Steve Pasierb, President & CEO, The Toy Association

Aaron Newman

“The Strong is one of the best investments a person can make. The investments in this campaign are going to be paid back many times over.”

—Aaron Newman, CEO/Founder at CloudCheckr and Trustee of The Strong

Chris Bensch

“We tell the story of everyday Americans from our beginning right up to the present. The Strong’s collection is critical to this mission, a mission that requires resources and space. The campaign will provide both.”

—Chris Bensch, Vice President for Collections at The Strong

Tom Kalinske

“The Strong is a national treasure.”

—Tom Kalinske, Former CEO, SEGA America

Bonnie Erickson

“I couldn't be prouder of having our work at The Strong, as part of a collection that people will be able to visit and research for years to come.”

—Bonnie Erickson, Co-Founder of Harrison/Erickson, Inc and President Emerita of The Jim Henson Legacy

Lella Gandini

“The Strong teaches parents and children how to play together. Parents who accompany their children to The Strong have a chance to discover something about themselves.”

—Lella Gandini, United States Liaison for the Reggio Emilia Program

Erin Ugine

“We had a group of teachers learning from Lella Gandini. It’s astounding to have the opportunity, right here in Rochester, to learn from speakers who are not just nationally known, but world-renowned thought leaders.”

—Erin Ugine, Coordinator of Early Childhood Learning, Gates Chili Central School District (Rochester, New York)