Whitcraft Is Just Tickled Pink After Fundraiser


THE NEW Search: Lavish owner Brittany Romano places the last touches on Deborah C. Whitcraft’s new pink hairdo. (Image by Jack Reynolds)
Deborah C. Whitcraft and her partner, Jim Vogel, will be drawing their shares of stares and double requires this week. That’s quick to do when you activity a pink hairdo courtesy of the Lavish salon in Beach front Haven.
The stunt was all part of a modern fundraising marketing campaign by the New Jersey Maritime Museum in Seashore Haven, where Whitcraft is founder/president and Vogel is executive director.
Released in early August, the campaign’s title was “I Give a Ship, Going Pink So We Really do not Sink” and it aimed to raise $25,000 by Sept. 1. And if that objective was attained, Whitcraft would dye her hair pink for a 7 days. The museum essentially surpassed that mark as approximately $30,000 was raised.
“Deb hates the colour pink,” claimed Gretchen Coyle, a museum docent who has coauthored numerous guides with Whitcraft. “We all believed this would be exciting due to the fact it has been a rough time for nonprofit businesses as effectively as companies and places to eat. We all needed a superior chortle in these annoying times.”
Including to the laughs was when Vogel decided to go pink as well.
“He took a person for the team,” mentioned Coyle. “They search like a middle-aged Ken and Barbie.”
Considering the fact that it opened 15 several years in the past, the museum retains a key fundraiser customarily held the Saturday just after Labor Working day weekend. But owing to social distancing worries through the COVID-19 pandemic, it was canceled.
“The revenue from that function internet around one-3rd of the museum’s annual working spending plan,” explained Coyle. “In addition, the museum reopened in July soon after becoming shut for pretty much 5 months.”
“A pretty unique thank-you goes out to Brittany (Romano) and the ladies at Lavish,” said Vogel. “Not only did they dye our hair at no price tag to the museum, but they also took wonderful glee in the whole system. We are truly blessed to live in and be a section of these types of a great, caring community that stepped up and ensured that we would be ready to carry on to serve our inhabitants and people to the island.”
Even believed the campaign has ended, donations will be recognized by way of njmm.org/donate. Whitcraft said a further way folks can support the museum is by obtaining a membership, which starts at $25. Membership information is out there on the net at njmm.org.
The museum is open up Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is cost-free, but donations are asked for.  —E.E.

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