(WAVERLY, NY) The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center of Native Indian Studies, (SRAC) has announced that it has recently met the goal set for the “SRAC Barbara Sowinski Matching Grant Initiative.” The Grant Initiative was put in place by Sowinski in order to try to help the Center raise funds by reaching out to the community and raising $10,000 at which point she would match their funds to make the total fundraiser $20,000.
SRAC Co-founder and director, Deb Twigg stated, "I want to personally thank Barbara Sowinski for the opportunity to take part in the $20,000 matching grant
challenge. We made our match thanks to so many of you in the community who gave what you
could to get us to our $10,000 mark. It's the community minded folks that volunteer and donate to our communities that have made all of the difference in the survival and success of our small non-profits. Thank You."
The grant was an opportunity for the organization to raise $20,000 for
their Center’s second floor renovations that will house a Research Center (laboratory,
storage and education area) for the Center. Local philanthropist and SRAC
member, Barbara Sowinski decided to offer this fundraising opportunity
after visiting the SRAC annual event “DrumBeats Through Time” last month
and realizing the importance of the work that SRAC is doing – and
especially their need to be able to process and study the results of
their ongoing archaeological excavation work in the area.
Twigg continued, "Because of the funds raised, we will be moving forward with our SRAC Research Center on our second
floor. If you would like to volunteer to help us move furniture, and do some of the light construction, please contact me. This is a huge step in our evolution and will allow us to do the important research that needs to be
done in our area and finally answer the many unanswered questions about
the pre-Iroquoian / Proto-Susquehannock cultures of our region." Twigg can be reached for more information by email at dtwigg@SRACenter.org.