The Friends of the David M. Brown Planetarium announced today that they have received a grant valued at more than twice what the group has raised up to this point.

An approximately $50,000 grant from the Children’s Fund of Metropolitan Washington will be made by the end of the month, Friends of the Planetarium president Alice Monet said today.

Up to this point, the Friends had raised about $22,500. The group is trying to raise $400,000 by next summer to upgrade the 40-year-old planetarium facility.

Monet says she hopes the Children’s Fund gift will be the first of several major institutional donations to the Friends organization.


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