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Saturday, August 13, 2011

CRRA Garbage Museum needs help and it could be a click away

There is more than one way to vote

STRATFORD — The CRRA Garbage Museum, 1410 Honeyspot Road Extension, is looking for votes to help save it from closing.

Jaimie McCarvill, a museum educator, put the museum in competition for a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant to help fund the museum’s environmental education programs.

Grants are awarded based on the results of online voting.

The museum, which has taught more than 350,000 people about protecting the environment since 1995, is on the brink of closing because of lack of funding.

Go to and voting can be done once a day. Those who register as “power voters” can enter the 10-character alphanumeric codes found on specially marked Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi Max products, and their votes will be multiplied by a random factor of 5 to 100.

Votes may also be cast by text-messaging 108024 to Pepsi (73774). Voting ends Aug. 31.

The museum will be notified the next day if it is a finalist.

The museum needs to raise $100,000 before the end of the month in order to keep its doors open for fiscal 2011-12, according to Paul Nonnenmacher, director of public affairs for CRRA.

The museum has a projected budget of $340,000.

For more information, call 203-381-9571 or find the museum on Facebook. Admission is $3 per person, free for children age 2 and under.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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