That’s How You Do A Fundraiser…

Craft beer fans drink local brews, support U.S. Space & Rocket Center campaign in Huntsville



HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – More than 200 craft beer enthusiasts and supporters of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center came out to a fundraising event last week to try to bring a Shuttle Training Aircraft to Huntsville.

The Rocket Center, which is attempting to raise $70,000 by May 3 to install a Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Airport at Shuttle Park, held a fundraising event April 17 at Straight to Ale on 3200 Leeman Ferry Road. Admission was free, but donations were encouraged and $1 of every pint sold went toward the USSRC’s crowdfunding campaign.

Straight to Ale sold 488 pints of locally-brewed beer, so the small business will donate $488 toward the “Land the STA” crowdfunding campaign. The Rocket Center also raised $1,001 in cash, checks and online contributions over the course of the evening.

Trevor Daniels, community and government relations manager for the Rocket Center, said the event attracted a diverse mix of people, including Rocket Center members, young people, aerospace/defense industry professionals and retired NASA/Army leaders.

“Many of the people I spoke to did not know about the Shuttle Training Aircraft or what its place in the Shuttle program was,” he said. “I had a lot of fun explaining the features and function of the craft and the training procedures of the astronauts using it. Despite that, several attendees and almost every contributor told me how important the Center was to them and how they enjoyed seeing the work we do in STEM and space-science education.”

Click here to check out the fundraising campaign.

Daniels said the “Land the STA” campaign has garnered a lot of attention – even from “Two and a Half Men” TV star Conchata Ferrell, who donated money to the effort this week.

The 60-day campaign will fund site preparation and structural supports to install the training aircraft at Shuttle Park. The G-II aircraft, a business jet converted by NASA as a shuttle astronaut training tool to land the Space Shuttle Orbiter, was acquired by USSRC two years ago and is currently stationed at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the campaign so far:

$44,318: The amount of campaign money raised as of this morning.

Eight: Number of days left in the campaign.

$1,510: Amount raised from contributors who accessed the campaign through

$7,600: Amount raised in one day.

27: Number of states that have contributed.

Five: Number of countries outside the U.S. that have donated.

238: Number of funders.


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