“This is the single biggest day, I think, in the memorial’s history,” said local attorney Mike Turpen, co-chair of the memorial’s 9:03 Fund, a campaign to raise $15 million for the museum. That amount includes $10 million for an endowment and $5 million for museum enhancements.
The Insasmuch grant, announced at a news conference today, brings the total raised so far to $11.1 million, according to Turpen.
9:03 Fund co-chair John Richels said the donation will be instrumental in helping the memorial tell the story of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing to a new generation.
“It’s going to let us start construction on the renovations … very, very quickly,” said Richels, president and CEO of Devon Energy.
Those plans are designed to help expand the breadth of the story of the April 19, 1995, bombing, including a host of technology upgrades, the addition of bomber Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car and the construction of a scenic overlook.
The executive director of the memorial, Kari Watkins, said the gift will be “transformational” in its impact.
“Inasmuch Foundation has been supportive of the memorial and museum from the beginning, but this was over the top and will change how people learn this story for years to come,” she said. “The enhancements made possible by this historic gift will allow us to expand the story to educate, inform and inspire the thousands of visitors in new ways.”
Inasmuch President and CEO Bob Ross said the foundation was honored to help enable improvements “in ways never dreamed possible” when the venue opened 12 years ago.