T. Hickey Preservation Fund
The Friends’ Annual
Preservation Fund - now the John T. Hickey Preservation Fund -
was established in 1995 as a separate fund to support the ongoing
extraordinary maintenance, repairs and restoration of Holyoke’s
precious Merry-Go-Round including its horses, 1929 Artizan band
organ and building. Our challenge is and has always been to maintain
and operate the Merry-Go-Round at the same standard of reliability
and safety, which is why donations to this fund are so critical.
Donations received have been used to support our horse restoration
program, address mechanical breakdowns, paint the building, preserve
building signage, repair the antique organ, replace hundreds of
colored lightbulbs and for other extraordinary repairs. While
we have successfully restored 22 of our antique hand-carved horses
since October 2003, due to generous donations received from individuals
and grant funding, we continue to have inner and middle row horses
that need to be restored to their original magnificence. The cost
of restoration ranges from $4,000 to $5,000 per horse.
John Hickey is no longer with us, but we will always treasure
his words about his vision for saving his “beautiful Merry-Go-Round”
- “This noble undertaking will add enduring beauty to our
city and create a background sound of old-time band organ music,
mixed with children’s laughter, for generations to come”.
Your gift will help us to keep John’s dream alive. .
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round Operating Fund was established to offset
continually increasing energy, insurance and other expenses required
to keep our Merry-Go-Round spinning. These expenses are more than
our ticket, merchandise and party sales can support. Operating
funds play a key role in helping us to keep the cost of a ride
affordable, which it has been since opening in 1993.
We hope that you will consider a generous tax-deductible donation
to help us continue to keep our beloved Merry-Go-Round spinning
away for young and old alike. In addition, you may want to consider
making a donation of $125.00 to recognize a special person, family
or event with an inscription on our permanent Donor Board.
For a donation of $125.00, you can honor a friend, relative, colleague
or organization at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. An engraved plaque
will be inscribed with the name you choose and will be permanently
affixed to our Donor Board. If you would like to memorialize someone
in this way, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
us at 413-538-9398.
How to Make a Donation
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to either
the Preservation Fund or to the Operating Fund, please make your
check out to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, indicate the fund you
wish to make your gift to and send it to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round,
221 Appleton St., Holyoke Massachusetts 01040.
are now accepting credit card payments as well as Paypal. .
If you would like more information about restoring one of our
antique horses, please
e-mail us at email@example.com,
note “horse restoration” or call 413-538-9838.