It can be been a hard year for many museums in Balboa Park and all over the county in common as they seasoned a rollercoaster of openings and closings for months. Most of San Diego’s favorite museums are finally again to being shut with the new limitations in spot thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
On prime of that, a lot of establishments have been battling monetarily, producing layoffs and furloughs.
The San Diego Automotive Museum is one of the museums to have suffered all through the pandemic so its leaders had to get imaginative on how to raise some resources swiftly.
The museum to start with shut in the center of March, opened back again up in June, closed all over again in July, re-opened in September and is now back again to staying shut right after a yo-yo knowledge of closures.
Mainly because of COVID-19, the car museum had a shortfall of about $500,000 from no ticket revenue, so leaders made a decision to consider 1 of the typical vehicles and raffled it off!
It proved to be just what the museum necessary not just to raise some cash to maintain the staff members utilized, but to also assist boost the morale of their workforce.
“Oh my gosh, we raised $57,000 during this raffle, which which is two months payroll for us, so retaining individuals on,” stated Lenny Leszczynski, CEO of San Diego Automotive Museum. “It was a authentic morale booster.”
Here’s how the raffle labored: one fortunate particular person would be the winner of a wonderful 1968 Dodge Coronet that has been through outstanding floor-up restoration with a subtly modified 440″ V8 and other muscle updates. For $100, taking part functions been given a ticket for the raffle.
All it took was that a single ticket for winner, James Schaeffer.
Schaeffer was actually seeing the initial story on NBC 7, and that, together with his daughter, persuaded him to support out and examination his luck by getting a ticket.
“My daughter was walking by and she understands I like aged cars correct, and she goes, ‘Dad, I bet you are heading to try out to acquire that auto.’ I go, ‘hmm, probably I ought to check it out.’ So I went on the online and checked it out and purchased a ticket,” he described.
The museum is a non-financial gain group and relies closely on its 60 volunteers. At the moment, individuals volunteers are not able to go to the museum at this time for the reason that of the pandemic.
Of the museum’s 12 workforce, two have been laid off and six furloughed presently.
Nonetheless, the museum’s CEO informed NBC 7 that with the cash elevated from the raffle, alongside with the vaccine coming out and other grants, they really feel self-confident that they ought to be equipped to make it now.
The winner told NBC 7 he has yet another basic auto — a 1959 Cadillac that he is taking into consideration donating to the museum – so it is a gain, gain!