A New Year's Eve donation to an Arlington planetarium was heaven-sent.
On December 30, the organization Save the Arlington Planetarium was 6 figures shy of their fundraising goal, and facing the prospect of shuttered doors for the new year.
At the eleventh hour, Preston Caruthers, a Virginian architect and builder, stepped forward with a $100,000, which will allow the education center to continue daily operations.
The Save the Arlington Planetarium group has an ultimate fundraising goal of $402,800. Thats the amount of money the Arlington County School system said is necessary to replace the star projector, install new seats, and make the facility ready for full-time operation.
The Brown Planetarium has hosted educational programs for school children for the past 40 years. The planetarium also hold regular weekend programs for the public.