Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Unveils Fundraising Efforts for Star-Spangled 200
BALTIMORE - March 4, 2011 – In tandem with the opening of the new Fort McHenry Visitor Center, The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission announced the launch of a $25 million campaign to fund events commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and Maryland’s role in the War of 1812 and to enhance the historical and cultural resources associated with the war.
The Commission has designated the not-for-profit, Star-Spangled 200, Inc (SS200), as the entity that will lead its fundraising efforts through corporate and individual donations. The Commission and SSB200 will also coordinate to leverage revenues received from the minting of a commemorative coin by the U.S. Mint.
President Obama signed the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act into law last August 16, 2010. Available January 2012, the sale of the coins could provide up to $8.5 million for bicentennial events and legacy projects. The dollars raised from the coin sales are only available on a one-to-one matching basis.
“The commemorative coin dollars are only part of a total campaign to raise $25 million to elevate Maryland globally as a premier location to live, work and visit during this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “These dollars will be contributed by the corporate community and individuals that are invested in celebrating Maryland’s pivotal role in American history.”
The SSB200 also unveiled its consumer site, www.starspangled200.com, which will announce bicentennial celebration updates, enable donations, eventually sell bicentennial merchandise, and more.
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