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2017 Annual Appeal – Update

As our annual appeal winds down, we are happy and proud to report that it is without a doubt an unqualified and unmatched success. As of the end of January, we have doubled 2016’s result, making it the most successful regular annual appeal in the Museum’s history!

We set an appeal goal of $40,000, the amount needed to purchase a new specialty vehicle to further the Museum’s outreach. The full story behind our need and may be found below. Due to the generosity of many members, volunteers, and the general public, we are now within sight of this ambitious goal. If you wish to be part of this successful endeavor and help push us over the top, please consider making an end-of-appeal contribution. Your gift may be made online, over the phone or through the mail.

Again, thanks to everyone in our AACA Museum, Inc. Family who contributed to the success of our record-breaking 2017 annual appeal. We couldn’t have done it without you! Look for information on our new vehicle in an upcoming email blast and in the next issue of Reflections.

2017 Annual Appeal

As 2017 draws to a close, all of us at the AACA Museum, Inc. are reflecting on your instrumental role in making this one of the best years in our history!  Because of you, we opened our renovated Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery to overwhelming acclaim. This stunning gallery now resembles a vintage dealership showroom, and it is our visitors’ first impression of the Museum. We also welcomed 70,000 visitors this year, saw our museum membership increase by 40% from 2016, and dedicated the new Members’ 1st Gallery. All of this was possible because of you.


For 2018, our 15th anniversary, we’re focusing on maximizing our outreach and public awareness. Through a strategic campaign of participation in concours, exhibits, and mission-related outreach, we’re looking forward to expanding our impact to continue the historical legacy of transportation.  To transport museum collection cars to these events, we need a specialized vehicle.  We are asking for your help with this $40,000 need.


Your contribution today is an investment in the Museum that will extend our reach.  It will allow us the flexibility to attend more automotive events and to travel to schools and community groups with our “Build a T” interactive educational program, reaching tens of thousands of potential Museum visitors in 2018 and beyond.

Your generous contribution will ensure our continued growth as an industry-leading automotive museum.



Henry W. Hallowell, III

President, Board of Directors

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Vehicle Donations

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The AACA Museum has built its antique automobile collection entirely through the generous contributions of many thoughtful collectors. To date, the Museum has not purchased a single vehicle and has received over 175 vehicle donations.

The vehicle donation process typically begins with a review of photographs supplied by the donor and then progresses through an on-site inspection, appraisal and the arrangement of transportation. The Museum’s Collections Coordinator and Development Manager work with donors during the entire process to ensure a seamless transaction. Furthermore, as an automotive museum, donors are typically permitted to deduct the full fair market value of the vehicle being donated (this is no longer true when donating a vehicle to a general charitable vehicle donation program – you are limited to deducting the resale value only for this type of donation). In addition, the AACA Museum accepts vehicles solely for resale purposes as well.



Donate To Restore A Family Station Wagon. Milton Hershey School Alumni, John Hanawalt, Jim Hanawalt and Rosario “Roy” Sollazzi purchased one of the legendary wagons and donated it to our Museum. This historical vehicle requires extensive restoration to return it to its original condition and burgundy color—thank you for actively supporting our current efforts to recover this important artifact and return it to how it existed while making history and changing lives. We truly appreciate your support. Your gift directly helps saving this station wagon for future generations having the chance to see it.

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The Capital Fund is used to reduce the Museum’s remaining construction debt. It is funded primarily through the Home Stretch Campaign – the current initiative to retire the Museum’s remaining $1.25M of construction debt. Elimination of this debt will free up funds in the operating budget by removing debt service fees and also open the possibilities for future expansion and other new initiatives. Naming opportunities are still available for capital donations.

Request a list of available naming opportunities to learn more.


The Operating Fund is the lifeblood of the Museum. As many loyal AACA Museum supporters know, ticket sales, gift shop revenue and special events do not completely cover the costs of operating a world-class automotive museum. Thankfully the Operating Fund closes this gap and ensures the sustainability of current programs. This funding maintains the Museum’s impressive vehicle collection, sustains its Education Program, provides necessary supplies and keeps the lights on.

The Endowment Fund provides long-term sustainable income for the AACA Museum. Donations to this fund are invested for perpetuity and only the interest on these investments is spent. The interest becomes a part of the operating budget and therefore funds items similar to the Operating Fund. Making a donation to the Endowment Fund is a way of perpetuating your support for the Museum since the actual gift will never be spent. Due to this fact, all memorial, planned and deferred gifts are designated to the Endowment Fund.


Special Project Funds are occasionally created to seek additional funding for initiatives that will not be funded by the operating budget in the near future. These funds often focus on improvements to current exhibitions or the creation of new exhibits and displays.

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Artifact & Memorabilia Donations


The AACA Museum accepts small artificats (e.g. driving suits, car models, etc.) and pieces of automotive memorabilia (e.g. car badges, meet posters, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. These items are rotated through the Museum’s display cases. In addition, duplicate items are used as auction items for the Museum’s two annual auctions (at the AACA Annual Meeting in February and at the AACA Museum Fund Raising Dinner in October). Contact us to see if the Museum would be interested in your piece of automotive history.

Wish List IconAACA Museum Wish List

We’ve compiled a list of items that would assist us in day to day operations.   If you are interested in giving by way of donating a specific item, here are some ideas.

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The AACA Museum was built and established through a strong legacy of philanthropic support. It is only through the numerous contributions of many automotive enthusiasts that the Museum has reached its current level of excellence. To all donors, past, present and future – thank you.
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