The Liberty Science Center announced Monday it will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a $25 million capital campaign.
Former New Jersey Gov. and founding Gov. of LSC Thomas H. Kean will chair the campaign.
“Without Gov. Kean’s vision and perseverance, LSC would not exist,” said Paul Hoffman, CEO and president of LSC. “I am delighted that he is now helping us build a bright future.”
Hoffman said LSC has already raised $15.5 million in donations and pledges from New Jersey philanthropists, including Betty Wold Johnson, Josh Weston, Joseph D. Williams and Millie E. Williams, and Jennifer Chalsty.
“We want to make Liberty Science Center the best interactive science museum in the world,” Hoffman said. “Our exhibition halls must be fully immersive and reflect the latest science and technology. With a quarter million more people coming to LSC annually, there is also more wear and tear on the interactive exhibits, and we want to make sure that every square foot of our 300,000 square-foot facility is humming.”
LSC said Johnson pledged $5 million, Weston donated $2 million, the Williams pledged $2.5 million and Chalsty committed an additional $1 million to her previous $5 million gift.
Chalsty’s gift will enable the center to transform its dome theater into the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater. The planetarium, according to LSC, will host the official reception and campaign celebration on January 25, 2018.
Weston’s $2 million donation will establish the Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration, an exhibition and laboratory classroom. The Williams pledge will allow SLSC to build the exhibit “Sapiens 2.0: Will 100 Be the New 60?” which features science of human life extension.
“I am honored to be at the helm of the 25th anniversary campaign,” Kean said. “Liberty Science Center is providing the State of New Jersey with critical learning opportunities for our students. I am thankful for the support of our generous donors who recognize how important an institution LSC is and what a strong future it has.”