Port Townsend Aero Museum seeks donations so it can receive $100,000 gift

By Peninsula Daily News staff

PORT TOWNSEND — A Jefferson County couple who wishes to remain anonymous has promised to match $100,000 in donations to the Port Townsend Aero Museum “so it can inspire more local kids to success while providing financial stability to the museum.”

Jerry Thuotte and his wife, Peggy, founded the museum in 2001.

The museum, near the entrance to Jefferson County International Airport, restores and exhibits old airplanes.

It operates as a publicly owned nonprofit, receiving no tax money

The Thuottes and museum staff have mentored more than 360 young people and watched many move on to great success, “from graduating from MIT [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] to engineering breakthroughs in rocketry in the Mohave Desert,” Jerry Thuotte said.

“Several have gone on to become airline and military pilots. Some of these kids before they came here never in their wildest dreams thought they could do what it takes to succeed.”

The $100,000 worth of donations to be matched must be made by the end of June 2015.

Donations can be made to the PT Aero Museum, P.O. Box 101, Chimacum, WA 98325.

Children or parents interested in the program can phone 360-379-5244, or visit www.ptaeromuseum.com for more information.

Last modified: August 23. 2014 5:55PM
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