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Friends of LBL Receives Large Matching Gift for Major Planetarium Upgrades

February 11, 2020 | Press Release from Friends of LBL

The Friends of Land Between the Lakes is seeking donations to be used as a match for an anonymous gift of up to $20,000. The Friends of LBL must raise $20,000 by May 1, 2020 to achieve the full match and will be reaching out to supporters. The funds will be used for improvements to the planetarium at the Golden Pond Visitor Center inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, including a new projector. These upgrades are necessary to keep the planetarium open and serving children and adults in our region. Over 28,000 people visit the planetarium annually, including over 7,000 students.

“We have achieved over 90% of our goal of raising $220,000, which includes a significant contribution from Pepsi Mid-America,” according to Friends of LBL Executive Director Aviva Yasgur. “Now the additional anonymous generous matching gift means we can complete our efforts if we raise an additional $20,000 by May 1, 2020. We are asking all our supporters and everyone who appreciates the educational contributions of a planetarium in our region to give any amount they can. Every donation up to $20,000 will be doubled before this date.”

Members of the Friends of Land Between the Lakes Board of Trustees and Advisors will be reaching out for donations on February 24, 2020, from 3 – 7 pm, during a Call-A-Thon to secure contributions while the matching funds are available. Supporters are encouraged to call the Friends of Land Between the Lakes at 270.924.2077 or 270.924.2088 prior to the Call-A-Thon to pledge their gifts. Donations may be made online by visiting

One of only three planetariums in Kentucky, there is not another facility with similar equipment and capacity in this region. It is a public educational resource for schools, universities, adults and children. Environmental education closely relates to STEM education. Our young people deserve, and need, to learn about their world and we offer educational programming seven days week. A planetarium is a special form of learning.

Friends of Land Between the Lakes Board of Trustees President Kurt Veznor said “Our visitors love the planetarium and it is open year-round. Paired with our observatory and the dark skies at the Land Between the Lakes, it creates a memorable and special opportunity for our guests. Please consider a contribution of any amount to keep this facility open in our region.”

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