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RMSC Women’s Council donates $100,000 to Museum in 2017

    ROCHESTER, NY— The Women’s Council, a volunteer service organization that supports the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), presented $100,000 to RMSC CEO Kate Bennett and President and Chief Science Officer Dan Menelly during the group’s annual luncheon on December 12, 2017. The gift was the culmination of a year of fundraising events that included a geranium sale (May 19-20), the 8th annual Garden Tour (July 15), the Fantastic Findings Garage Sale (September 21–23) and the 47th annual Holiday Bazaar Arts & Crafts Sale (November 17–19).

    “We offer our sincere thanks to the Women’s Council for their invaluable support throughout the year and this very generous contribution,” Bennett said. “The commitment of time and energy from these extraordinary women has been a vital ingredient in our overall success.”

    Since its inception 76 years ago, the Women’s Council has donated more than $2 million in support of the RMSC, helping the institution remain an innovative force for inspiration and hands-on education in the Rochester community.

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    The RMSC Women’s Council is a volunteer service organization that supports the RMSC with special events and fundraising activities. Founded in 1941, the council is dedicated to providing members with opportunities for educational growth and social interaction. Monthly programs from September through May include a business meeting, guest speaker, and luncheon. For more information about the Women’s Council and to join, visit or e-mail

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.