Andrew McKeever was a vivacious young boy who loved trains, adventures, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation. He passed away unexpectedly a few weeks before his fifth birthday.
We are honored to announce Andrew’s Fund for Children, an initiative to enable low-income children to visit the Museum.
The Andrew Hayes McKeever Memorial Fund was established in memory of young Drew McKeever, who loved the Museum’s trains and “Big Toys.” The fund provides free or discounted admission for nonprofit groups serving low-income children, Pre-K through eighth grade. The fund will also underwrite admission for the teachers, leaders, parents, and/or caregivers who chaperone the visit.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to better serve our region,” said executive director Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr. “The Museum already offers discounted admission for groups, but this fund will open our doors even wider.”
Originally established in 1999 by Brenda Holt and Andrew’s father’s colleagues at WDBJ7, the fund had lapsed in recent years. The Museum is seeking donations to rebuild the fund to give more children the opportunity to visit that Andrew so enjoyed. All donations are tax-deductible. Contributions can be made online or by mailing a check to the Museum. Please write “Andrew’s Fund” in the memo line.
Nonprofit organizations such as preschools, after school programs, and mentoring programs which serve low-income children are eligible to apply. Written applications must be received not less than one month before the requested visit date. Information and an application form are available. Requesting organizations must provide evidence of their nonprofit status and service to low-income children. Awards are dependent on available funding.
For more information, call 540-342-5670 or email Courtney Plaster.