Port Townsend: Couple’s pledge puts Maritime Center fund-raising past halfway point

PORT TOWNSEND — A local couple’s $150,000 pledge to the Northwest Maritime Center has helped push the organization past the halfway mark in its $10 million fund raising goal.

“This seemed like a good investment in our community’s future,” Dick Schneider said of the gift he and his wife, Anne, announced Monday.

Dick Schneider is a former venture capitalist. Anne Schneider is a founder of Skookum Working Image, a nonprofit organization that provides women looking for work with professional business attire.

As avid boaters, they were drawn to the project when it was announced in 1998, about the time they moved to Port Townsend.

The Maritime Center, set for completion in 2005, will be an educational center documenting the role Puget Sound has played in Northwest heritage.

Features at the center will include hands-on educational programs, boat building demonstrations and environmental programs.

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The rest of the story appears in Wednesday’s Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County edition.

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