Coast Guard museum group sets fundraising goal

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The National Coast Guard Museum Association is hoping to raise $1 million by Labor Day with support from a new group of special donors called the Barque Eagle Society.

Through minimum donations of $1,000, $5,000 or a three-year commitment of $15,000, members of the group will receive a limited-edition painting of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle, created on canvas by Coast Guard artist Tony Falcone of Prospect, Conn.

The image will be created by Falcone while he is sailing with the Eagle this summer. Each image will be signed by the artist and be ready for immediate hanging by the donor. (For information or to make a donation, contact the National Coast Guard Museum Association at (860) 443-4200 or visit www.coastguardmuseum.org.)

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support,” museum association treasurer John Johnson said in a statement. “The donations to the Barque Eagle Society will allow us to engage architects, engineers, site planners and traffic consultants so that we can meet our goal of a breaking ground on May 15, 2014.”

The museum association recently achieved its initial goal of raising $100,000 for the new National Coast Guard Museum, which is set to be built in downtown New London, Conn. This milestone came less than 15 days into a 100-day local fundraising campaign called the “First 100,” which was launched June 1 to generate initial funds for the development, programming and marketing of the new museum.

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