Stauffer Foundation donates $15K

The Mary T. Stauffer Foundation on Wednesday presented a $15,000 donation to the Columbia Memorial Space Center to pay for field trips by fifth grade classes in the Downey Unified School District to experience a simulated mission to the moon in the Challenger Learning Center. Accepting the welcome donation from foundation CEO Dr. Mary Stauffer was space center programs manager Christie Pearce.

In attendance were City Council members Dave Gafin and Mario Guerra, Mayor Pro Tem Roger Brossmer and Mayor Luis Marquez, along with assistant deputy city manager Scott Pomrehn who is directly in charge of the center, as well as foundation CFO Linda Kennedy and board member Alyson Blowers, who also happens to be Stauffer’s granddaughter.

It is the fifth or sixth time the foundation has given a donation in varying amounts, said Stauffer, in the initial stages to benefit the work of the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, of which she has been an advisory board member and which has, along with other former city council members, played an important role in the center’s formation.

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