Thank you for considering a donation to Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. There are many ways you can support the work we do! The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round relies on our friends for the financial support necessary to maintain our historical treasure. Our Merry-Go-Round does not receive local, state or federal funding.
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Preservation Fund or our Operating Fund by check or online. Click the below link to make a donation online today.
John T. Hickey Preservation Fund
Our Friends’ Annual Preservation Fund – which was established in 1995 as a separate fund to support the ongoing maintenance, repairs and restoration of the Merry-Go-Round – has been renamed to the John T. Hickey Preservation Fund in memory of John Hickey. In John’s memory, we will work to “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.”
Preservation Fund donations back the ongoing horse restoration of the precious Merry-Go-Round horses, as well as antique organ repairs to the 1929 Artizan band organ and building.
Funds received allow the Friends of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round to continue providing a high standard of reliability and safety; donations are used to address mechanical breakdowns, extraordinary repairs, maintenance, paint the building, preserve building signage, repair the antique organ, replace the hundreds of colored lightbulbs and more.
Thanks to the generous donations we have received from individuals and grant funding, we have we have successfully restored 27 of our 48 antique, hand-carved horses since October 2003. The process is still ongoing; we are working on restoring inner and middle row horses to their original magnificence. This horse restoration process can range anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 per horse.
Our Operating Fund was established in 1993 to offset operating costs such as continually increasing energy and insurance costs as well as other expenses necessary to keep our Merry-Go-Round twirling. These expenses amount to more than our ticket, merchandise and party sales can support and are necessary to allow us to provide affordable entertainment to the region.
Honorary and Memorial Donations
To recognize or remember a special person, family or event with an inscription on our permanent Donor Board, a donation of $125 can be made in their honor or memory.
Jim Jackowski Memorial Fund
As you may have heard, we lost our dear friend Jim Jackowski on May 12, 2020. Jim loved Holyoke and Holyoke loved Jim. Whether you knew him as Kow or Coach it is highly likely he helped you out, or made you laugh, or perhaps, both.
We were fortunate to have Jim serve as President of the Board of Directors for the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round for 26 years. A position he loved, for a non-profit he adored. He was always smiling, always willing to lend a hand and happiest if you let him sing you a tune.
We want to honor Jim in the best way we know how. A memorial plaque with his name will hang in his honor in our beloved Merry-Go-Round and with your help it will be a larger than life plaque, just like Jim’s personality. We are looking for donations to include your name on the memorial.
We found it fitting to name our donors in categories after Jim’s favorite nicknames. A $100 donation will get you herded with the Kows. A donation of $250 will get you in the Coaches Circle. $500 will make you a Business Liaison and should we need to come up with another nickname for a greater monetary contribution, we could do so.
We hope you will join us in creating a lasting memory of Jim at the Merry-Go-Round. He is terribly missed and nothing will replace him but with your generous donation we can keep his legacy going around and around.
To make a tax-deductible donation to either the Preservation Fund or the Operating Fund by check, 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 Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, 221 Appleton St., Holyoke, MA 01040. To make a $125 honorary or memorial donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 538-9838.