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August 08, 2017
BENEFITING: PACIFIC PINBALL MUSEUM
EVENT DATE: Jul 11, 2017
HOURS PLEDGED: 10,000
Since opening our doors as an interactive non-profit museum in 2004, The Pacific Pinball Museum is now at the point where the collection has grown so big, that the organization could collapse if it does not find a permanent, affordable home and financial support to keep the museum going for future generations to enjoy.
Pacific Pinball started out as a one room, back alley speakeasy in 2002, and quickly became one of the hottest spots in Alameda, Ca. Founder Michael Schiess’s dream of becoming the Smithsonian of Pinball was soon in the works as he, his wife, Melissa Harmon, and countless volunteers strove night and day to revive this unique part of American culture, and put Pinball back on the map.
Now, 15 years later, the Pacific Pinball Museum is a much-loved Bay Area destination with over 50,000 visitors per year, and no less than seven world class Pacific Pinball Expositions to our credit. The Pacific Pinball Museum teaches people of all ages through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and History) and actively participates in the Maker Faire and other such educational movements that teach through play. We also created the Invisible Pinball Machine and other unique exhibits that have traveled the world.
As a developing business, The Pacific Pinball Museum was instrumental in reviving the once dying game/sport of pinball and helped spur the rise in pinball manufacturers such as Jersey Jack. The Museum also helped to rejuvenate the surrounding Webster street neighborhood businesses and regularly employs local teens as interns seeking job experience. As our reputation has grown, so has our collection.
The Pacific Pinball Museum has now become the steward of over 1500 rare and vintage games, many saved from private collections and landfills. We are now willingly saddled with this great responsibility; a responsibility to show, house and restore these marvels of innovation and history. Theses are not just games…these are part of our American heritage, and we don’t want that to be lost.
Here is a partial breakdown of costs:
• $25 - Buys cleaning supplies for one month in the museum
• $50 - Buys 100 fuses for pinball machine repair
• $75 - Buys one month stock for our vending machines
• $100 - Buys one tank of gas for our delivery truck
• $150 - 100 square feet of storage space
• $250 - Buys meals for volunteers
• $500 - Buys museum supplies such as, electric cords, light bulbs, foot pedals, printing costs, etc.
• $1000 - Electricity for one month at the museum
• $1200 - Repairs and maintenance for two pinball machines for one year