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.
2024 Preservation Fund Campaign
As we embark on our 31st year of operation, we are excited to announce our 2024 campaign. Each year we face extraordinary expenses to maintain our building that houses our beloved carousel and horses. Your donation will help us ensure that the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round remains a safe and enjoyable experience for all who visit.
It is our hope to undertake the following projects: full renovation of the bathrooms, installation of a security camera system, update the pavilion surround and concession stand lighting to energy-efficient LEDs. Update windows in the pavilion to enhance security and energy efficiency. We also hope to make critical repairs to the merry-go-round operating mechanism, recruit craftspeople with high levels of technical and mechanical expertise needed to maintain our carousel and building and develop a plan for further energy saving through a solar-based system. We will continue to restore horses and update all stirrups on the carousel further the preservation of the merry-go-round and enhance the rider's experience and safety.
Our pavilion has served our visitors for many years but needs further updates and improvements to enhance the visitor experience. By taking on the above projects and renovating the bathrooms, we can provide a more modern and comfortable experience for our guests. The installation of a security camera system will provide an added level of safety and protection for our visitors, staff, and the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round itself. Updating the pavilion surround, windows, and concession stand lighting to energy-efficient LEDs will not only reduce our carbon footprint but also create a brighter and more inviting atmosphere for our guests.
Every dollar donated goes directly to the renovation and updates of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round as well as our building that houses it. With your support, we can continue to preserve this priceless treasure and share it with future generations.
Please join us in this worthy cause and donate today. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will have a lasting impact on our beloved “Happiness Machine.” Thank you for your continued support of the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.
Thank you for your continued support!
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 honorary or memorial donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 538-9838.
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.
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 friend - donations can be made in their honor or memory in any amount to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round to ensure the sucess of the carousel for generations to come.