HOW TO HELP --YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK
After 14 years of hard work, the endeavor to preserve the U.S.S. Iowa as a memorial and museum has consumed nearly $5 million. In hard dollars this translates to $3 million to tow the vessel to the West Coast from Rhode Island and almost $2 million in pro-bono services, gifts in kind and donations to manage the project and pay for numerous studies (engineering studies, business plans, dredging surveys, etc.). This figure does not include Navy costs to maintain the vessel.
The amount left to fund and take custody of IOWA ranges between $12 million and $18 million. The variance in amounts reflects different time lines in opening IOWA's internal spaces to the public and amenities, such as shore side facilities.
Your help is needed to ensure IOWA's preservation as a memorial and museum as well as her availability in case of a national emergency-a condition mandated by Congress. We urge your involvement and support so that IOWA continues to service this nation as a historical and educational icon, a President site and international platform for diplomatic conferences as well as a timeless naval memorial honoring those who serve our nation in peace and war. In the truest sense, success depends on the generosity of the American public, businesses and foundations. Once operational, the memorial and museum should be self-funding through paying patronage. However, your assistance is vital to acquire and prepare IOWA for her new role. Please consider helping by making a tax deductible (to the extent provided by law) donation and/or visiting our ship's store using the links below.
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