Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham has announced that Carolina Eye Associates, P.A. has pledged $25,000 to support its “I CAN Be Healthy” theme area, which emphasizes essential healthy living skills.
Currently under construction, Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham, the newest member of the Discovery Place family, will be an interactive learning-through-play experience designed to foster early childhood skills, imagination and creativity. The contribution from Carolina Eye Associates was the first gift from Moore County, recognizing early on that Discovery Place KIDS will offer programming and benefits for the entire Sandhills region. Their leadership gift is part of the ongoing capital campaign, specifically the medical effort to support the “I CAN Be Healthy” exhibition.
“The regional medical community continues to unite in this joint effort to ensure that children will learn the importance of healthy living at an early age,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of Discovery Place, Inc. “Thanks to the generosity of Carolina Eye Associates, and the diligence of our Medical Advisory Group, children in the Sandhills will be able to get acquainted with healthy living habits in a fun way.”
Founded by Drs. Robert Gale Martin and George Tate, Jr., Carolina Eye Associates was established in 1977 in the Pinehurst and Southern Pines area and has grown to become one of the largest eye care practices in the Southeast. Offering a wide range of ophthalmology services including comprehensive eye examinations, laser and surgical treatments and more, their premier on-site surgery facility is located in Southern Pines.
“The doctors of Carolina Eye Associates are proud to support Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham,” said Dan Messner, M.D., Carolina Eye Associates. “We expect the museum to be an exciting and important addition not only to the community of Rockingham, but also for surrounding areas in the Sandhills. There is no better way to build for the future than by supporting education for our children.”
In December 2011, FirstHealth of the Carolinas announced a $150,000 joint leadership gift with Richmond Memorial Hospital in support of Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham.
The Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham project was launched by the commitment of $6.6 million in funds from the Cole Foundation and the Richmond Community Foundation. Their visionary leadership gifts, which were facilitated by The Foundation For The Carolinas, are intended for the long-term sustainability of the museum.
Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham will open in 2013 on E. Washington Street in the location once occupied by the McKenzie Furniture building. The continuing capital campaign will secure the funds needed for renovation of the building, program development, exhibition design and fabrication and long-term support, upgrades and maintenance.