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officers (FY 2016) inspiration

Mark Jontry, President The mission of the Childrens Discovery Museum is
Je Mavros, Vice-President to inspire the love of learning through the power of
Monica Noraian, Secretary play. The vision is to build condence and foster

Sally Tucker, Treasurer creativity in todays youth; enhance critical thinking,

communication and collaboration in tomorrows
workforce; and inspire a more innovative approach
for educating future generations.
members (FY 2016)
The mission and vision are accomplished by providing
Byron Blotcky hands-on exhibits, classes and programs that actively
Jason Chambers engage the visitor in experiences that stimulate
Chemberly Cummings imagination, curiosity, and wonder.
Marlene Dietz
Caroline Halperin
Kelly Harbert
Ben Harmon
Paula Heinkel The Childrens Discovery Museum Foundation is a
501(c)3 nonprot organization created to support the
Steve Malliet
mission and vision of the Town of Normal Childrens
Gina Mandros
Discovery Museum, to raise and expend funds for the
Lesley Reeter
benet of the Museum and to advocate on behalf of
the Museum in the community at large.
letter from the executive director

Museum Friends and Families,

Its great to be part of a such an amazing organization! Although my tenure at the Childrens
Discovery Museum is relatively short, I can tell you 2016 was an exciting year for all at the Museum.

We kicked-o the summer with a grand opening of Hello from Japan traveling exhibit. Some of
the highlights from the opening event included: face painting, Japanese drumming, and sushi!
2016 attendance was up from prior year, coming in at 133,607 with over 1,700 member families,
and 8,849 total hours donated to the museum by our wonderful volunteers. Hello from Japan
was a great success!

In 2016, we also oered our rst Girl Scout only STEAM Night. Hosting over 185 girls and over
90 adults from all over Illinois. This customized event helped Scouts earn their Science and Art
Badges. This program is an ideal example of how we listen to the needs of our community, and
create tailored programming to accommodate their needs.

The Museum sta, Foundation Board members, and volunteers were hard at work hosting three
fundraising events beneting the museum: Ladies Luncheon and Style Show, Doctors in Concert,
and Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Festival. Our community continues to be very supportive of our
eorts to bring programming, creative exhibits, and outreach to the communities we serve.

The Childrens Discovery Museum is here to inspire the love of learning through the power of play
for all that visit! Thank you for YOUR support, patronage, and your love of the Museum.

Shelleigh Birlingmair
Executive Director
highlights ( FY 2 016)


visitors 3-12

A fresh foundation for learning Recognizing that recent

research stresses the importance of learning in the rst three
years of life, CDM educators began Love and Learn in January
8,849 of 2015. Now in its second year, the monthly program for
from children 3 to 12 months and their caregivers focuses each
class on various types of play that promote learning, brain
development, and family bonding.

Growing Up
As a part of
National Agriculture Integrated approach to education Starting in the spring
Week, a video of 2016, the Art Studio and Maker Space Coordinators began
camera was added working more collaboratively on their curriculum to cover
to our poultry similar subject matter in both Museum exhibit areas for a
brooder providing multidisciplinary approach to learning.
24/7, real-time
education so
museum families 15,612 students, teachers, and
onsite and online chaperones participated in Museum
alike could watch eldtrips with a learning impact
our cute little chicks radius of 75 miles.
grow and develop.
Memory making to last a lifetime Here at the Childrens
Discovery Museum, we recognize that we are a unique haven
in the community, allowing families to step away from other
distractions and spend quality time together.

Throughout the year, we provide special opportunities for memory

making and family learning that build upon the traditional museum
experience. From our quarterly, themed family fun nights to
our community events like the Worldwide Day of Play
and our annual El Dia de los Muertos celebration, we are
engaging children and their caregivers in fun learning
experiences that create unforgettable memories for all.
grants ( FY 2 0 1 6)

funding inspiration
The Childrens Discovery Museum is committed to actively reaching out to low-income
families and at-risk youth in the Central Illinois region with hands-on, play-based learning
experiences. A principle way we carry out this commitment is through our outreach
programs. Due to the generosity of local community organizations we have been able to
expand our initiatives recently to reach more youth.

Afterschool Outreach
A key component of the Museums outreach has been
and will continue to be the Museums relationship with
the children and families served by the afterschool
programs in McLean County. Due to generous grant
support from the CarMax Foundation, Golden K
Kiwanis Club, and the Normal Rotary Club, Museum
educators were able to reach nearly 1,000 students
during the academic year at over 15 afterschool
locations with free, hands-on Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programming.

Innovation Institute
In 2013, the CDM began partnering with Illinois State
University and UNITY Community Center to oer the
Innovation Institute Program. This program supplements
the existing afterschool and summer activities at UNITY
and oers opportunities for youth in kindergarten
through college. Program curriculum provides a
positive learning experience focused on STEAM
related content which reinforces learning goals
related to Next Generation Science Standards. To
assist with the continuation and sustainability of the
Innovation Institute Program, the CDM received a
$25,000 grant from State Farm.
Creativity Garden Grow Up Great
Expanding our community impact Now in its fth year, the Grow Up Great through the
further, CDM educators joined with Power of Play program funded by the PNC Foundation
professionals at the Boys and Girls Club is serving more early learning sites in the Bloomington-
of Bloomington-Normal to facilitate the Normal area than ever before. The multi-faceted
bi-monthly Afterschool STEAM with program oers classroom experiences, museum
the CDM program. The new program eldtrips, and professional development resources for
which was implemented during the past teachers, and whole family learning experiences for all
academic year not only focused on of the early learners at Heartland Head Start, the Early
teaching STEAM concepts to youth at Learning Program at Unit 5 School District, Bloomington
the Club but also nurtured students Day Care Center, and Kids Club East Center.
curiosity, perseverance, communication
The years success was celebrated with two private
skills, condence, and self-expression
parties at the Museum for all students and their families.
through hands-on, open-ended activities.
Due to a generous donation of nearly 600 meals from
The Afterschool STEAM with the CDM
Kroger, families were able fuel their play experience
Program was generously supported by
with a nutritious meal, their minds with play-based
Disney, through an $8,000 Creativity
learning, and their hearts with fun memories to last
Garden grant, a nationwide project of
a lifetime.
the Association of Science-Technology
Centers (ASTC).
Hello from Japan Traveling Exhibit
Continents, oceans, and long plane rides, didnt stop
the Childrens Discovery Museum from bringing the
wonders of Japanese culture to Museum visitors this
summer. Due to a $15,000 grant from the Freeman
Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series Tour and a
$4,000 grant from the Illinois Prairie Community
Foundation Laura Sullivan Arts and Culture
Endowment, the CDM was able to bring a slice of
Japanese culture and arts right here to Uptown
Normal. The Hello from Japan! traveling exhibit
allowed visitors of all ages to experience the vibrancy
of Japanese city life alongside the tranquility of the
traditional Japanese culture through an engaging
1,500 square foot exhibition and a whole season of
Japanese arts and culture programming.
fundraising ( FY 2 01 6)

Craft Beer and Jazz Festival

Lively music lled the air as handcrafted beer kept spirits high and glasses full
at the 2nd Annual Medici Craft Beer and Jazz Fair on July 18, 2015. Combining
fun and fundraising the event raised generous support for the Childrens
Discovery Museum Foundation. Thanks to the nancial and volunteer support
of Medici, Kohls Cares Program Participants, and many community volunteers,
the event was a huge success.

Ladies Luncheon and Style Show

On March 4, nearly 250 attendees enjoyed great fashion, food, and fun with
friends at the annual Ladies Luncheon and Style Show hosted by the Childrens
Discovery Museum Foundation and presented by CEFCU. This years program
included inspiring attire from 13 local boutiques showcasing stunning new looks
for any occasion. Attendees also supported the Museum by shopping the
events eclectic vendors and participating in the silent auction. All proceeds
from the event beneted the mission of the Childrens Discovery Museum
enabling us to reach more children with quality, hands-on exhibit experiences
and innovative programming.

Doctors in Concert
Then, on April 22, beautiful melodies lled the air at Second Presbyterian
Church as local physicians shared their musical gifts with museum supporters
gathered for the 11th Annual Doctors in Concert event. Attendees savored
decadent desserts provided by Chef Maria at Beyond Decadence Bakery and
took part in the silent auction at the post-concert reception. Funds raised
from the event supported the renovation of several medical related exhibit
components at the museum that had been well loved by visitors.

Fundraising events provide crucial nancial support

for the Childrens Discovery Museum Foundation. Every
sponsor, donor, performer, participant and attendee plays
an integral role in our success. The CDM is grateful for
those that have given so generously toward these events.

statement of activity statement of activity

( FY ended J U NE 2 01 6) (FY ended JUNE 2015 )

Revenue Revenue
Private Support $26,273 Private Support $22,377

Special Events $67,879 Special Events $44,308

Grants $95,662 Grants $281,000

Investment Income ($451) Investment Income $1,621

Total Support $189,363 Total Support $349,306

Expenses Expenses
Exhibit and Education Exhibit and Education
Program Support $108,812 Program Support $350,500

Administration $40,585 Administration $37,608

Fundraising $47,933 Fundraising $27,242

Total Expenses $197,330 Total Expenses $415,350

Increase (decrease) Increase (decrease)

in net assets ($7,967) in net assets ($66,044)
Net assets at the Net assets at the
beginning of year $547,162 beginning of year $613,206
Net assets at the Net assets at the
end of the year $539,195 end of the year $547,162
donors ( FY 2 0 16 )

$10,000 + $100 - $499 Rebecca and Ben Susan and Jesse Smart Nephele Delis
Association of Children's Advocate BroMenn Carol and Rodney Steve Delis
Museums Medical Center Barbara and Robert Smithson
Sherry Detlo
Freeman Foundation Emily Martin and Ara Lisa Spachman
Jiebing Shui and
Aprahamian Darla Heath
PNC Foundation Kathy and Dan Bretton Douglas
Brenda and Al Azinger Jennifer Burge Heller Steadman
State Farm Companies Rosemary Dustman
Foundation Erin and Nicholas Baker Houska Dental Linda and Denny Steele
Pam and Herb Eaton
Rebecca Barelka Sue and Chuck Hurliman Amanda Streenz
Sue and Jay Edmondson
Jean and Gary Adrienne Osborne Ives The Gingerbread House
Donna Edwards
Baumhardt Jill and Robert Jones Town of Normal
$1,000 - $9,999 Amy and Matt Edwards
Diana and John Behnke Chris and John Kibler Sharon and Richard
Anonymous (2) Judy Ehlers
Dawn Billings Trowitch

Association of Science- Stacie and John Killian
Anita Embree
Technology Centers, Inc. Bloomington Thunder Sally and Todd Tucker
Jennie and Scott King
Hockey Jennifer Ewan
Avanti's Italian Heather and
Charlotte Kinkade
Restaurant Bloomington-Normal Jared Wagner Sandy Fedden
Convention & Visitors Ruth and Gary Kuipers
CEFCU Rachel and James Bonnie Floyd
Bureau Cindy Ladage Wayne
Linda and John Chizmar Carol and Donald J. Fox
Anita Brock Lauren and Matt Lurkins Peter Whitmer
Disney Fox & Hounds
Willie Brown Joyce and Brian Mason Carolyn and Duane Hair Studio
Illinois Prairie Mary and Bill Caisley Yockey
Community Foundation Katie and Je Mavros Kathy and John Freyman
Joan and Jack Capodice Vanessa and Chris
McLean County Medical Pat and Dean Messinger Cheryl Gaines
Society Alliance Grace and David Chow and John Hicks
Darlene and Marc Miller
Courtney Zell
Medici Carol and Gerry Pam Gilbert
Tammy and Joe Monk
Chrisman Ryan and Nicholas
Myers Family Fred Moore
Charitable Trust Laura and Dave Coe Gillhouse
Kathryn Bohn and
The CarMax Foundation Commerce Bank Up to $99 Matthew and Tiany
Thomas Nielsen
Robin and Eric Cooper Kathy Niepagen Anonymous
Kate Greene
Jan and John Couillard Elaine Noyes Janet Auer
Nancy Greer
$500 - $999 Country Financial Miranda and Will Noyes Lisa Becker
Janet and Michael
Shari and Mark Linda and Walt Crowley Catherine and James Rachel Bedecker Gremer
Buckellew Chemberly and Quincy Palmer Judy and Joe Bertsche Sandra Lynn and
Joe Cronenberg Cummings Jill and Awadagin Pratt Frederick Groves
Jenni and John Blum
Linda and Bob Goodall Cheryl and David Laura Randolph Angie and Brad Gulley
Frances and Herman
Illinois State University Suzann and Dennis Brandau Heather Hall
Eric Dhom Readey
Katy Hansen and Carolyn and Norman Shelly Hanover
Mark Jontry Marlene and Larry Dietz Pam and Jay Reece Brown
Ruth Hargis
Kohl's Department Store Wayne and Marilyn Lesley and Paul Reeter Karen Calvert
Ericson Melissa and Peter
Monica and Kirk Noraian Marci and Randy Rich Rachel and Nathan Hartman
Tracy and Jon Farney Carpenter
Parker Kemp Foundation Cathy and Reid Richards Margaret and Michael
Linda Fischer Emilie and Brian Chase Heger
Pro Air HVAC Carole and Jerry Ringer
Marilyn and John Freese Amy and David Coman Paige and Travis Holt
Vickie and John Carol and Mons Schrantz
Robertson Susan Gardner Carrie and Ryan Corson Mary and George
Cathy and Rick Sikora
The Normal Rotary Club Deb and Jerry Grieco Sarah and Brian Day Houska
Susan Silvey
Caroline and Ira Halperin Teresa Decker Ellen and Thomas Howe
Marlon and Betsy Huls Julie and Je Payne In Memory of Fleet Feet Sports Rene 309
Mr. James Watson Bloomington
Mary and Roger Hunt Kaitlin and Tyler Pilchard Rodan and Fields
Janet Auer Forget Me Not Flowers
Mary Lou Hutson Ann and Dave Pontius Royal and Reese
Brenda Weir Fresh Pearls and More
Barbara and Arnold Insel Jenny and Kevin Ruby Ribbon
Raisbeck Gold's Gym
Wendy and Tim Ives Shelly Hanover
Melinda and Curtis Grady's Family Fun Park
Hansa Jaggi Shoo Shoo Baby
In Memory of Kelly and Rand Harbert
Holly and Chris Jaynes Stave
Janet and Fred Render Mr. John Wayne Heartland Foot and
Wayoka Jere and Daniel Stella and Dot
Pat and Victor Rochelle Rachel and James Ankle Associates
Wayne Subway
Margaret Rutenbeck Holiday Inn Express
Lisa and Bryan Kendall
The Pampered Chef

The Craig Satchwell Hy-Vee
Karen Killingsworth
Family Town of Normal Parks
Illinois Symphony
Pat and William King and Recreation
Sue and Steve Seibring In Memory of Orchestra
Valmere Knapp
Steve Silver Mrs. Ruby Jack Lewis Fine Jewelry
Sally and Todd Tucker
Julie and David Koh Cronenberg
Debra and David Skillrud Jesse's Grille
Tumbling Leaves
Georgia and Daniel Rev. Joe Cronenberg
Lois and Harold Skillrud Jimmy John's Gourmet Photography
Sandwich Shop
Connie and Robert Ste Uptown Gifts
Maureen Langellier
Katy Hansen and Mark and Accessories
Brad Ste
Lori and Scott Laughlin Jontry
In-Kind Donors Viva la Flora
Joann Steinberg
Xandra and Robert Lee Kathi Sheetz
Arcadia Vivi Jewelry
Karen Stivers
Rachelle and Ryan Leuty Kroger
Avanti's Italian James and Rachel
Laurie and Jerey
Theresa and Nick Lilak Restaurant LuLaRoe Wayne
Rebekah Litcheld Bathtter Maggie Miley's Irish Pub Windy City Wieners
Shirley and Larry Lowe Beauty Counter Marriott Hotel and Young Living
Bethany Thomas
Conference Center
Pam and Steve Malliet Beyond Decadence Your Reection,
Kathryn Tornquist
Mary and Martha My Style
Chris Marquardt Beyond Normal
Vicki and Robert Varney
Mary Kay Zozzaro Chiropractic
Anne and Steve Matter bopi
Dee Volle
Katie and Je Mavros
June McClister Dr. Dan Brownstone
Marie and Matthew Vose
Christine and J. Alan Bualo Wild Wings
Patsy Webber
McDowell Merry Ann's Diner
Brenda Weir Chemberly and Quincy
Joseph McGuckin Cummings Miller Park Zoo
Amanda Weissgerber
McLean County Retired Cumulus Media My Lean Body
Teachers Assoc. Anne Weltha Bootcamp
Marlene and Larry Dietz
Kathy and Bob Meeks April and Tom Wheeler Nerium AD
Discover More Store
James Messer Cheryl Whelan Noonday Collection
Doubletree Hilton
James Nevin Rob Widmer Monica and Kirk Noraian
DP Dough
Linda Nichelson Erin and Mark Reichert Normal CornBelters
Emack and Bolio's
Dayna and Adam Madge Williams Ohmt Activewear
Nielsen Event Experience
Joan Willis Pastelle Magazine
Velma Nordine Fabulous Aairs
Bonnie Yedinak Pepsi Ice Center
Terry and Bamidele Firehouse Pizza and Pub
Harriett Zoeller Pub II
Ogunleye First Edition
Lesley and Paul Reeter
Elisa Palmer First Edition / Beer Nuts
Childrens Discovery Museum Foundation
101 E. Beaufort Street
Normal, Illinois 61761

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