Supporters Shatter $100,000 Matching-Donation Goal

SS United States Crow's Nest

Photo courtesy Christine D. Hower

In June, cruise industry executive Jim Pollin pledged to match up to $100,000 of new supporter donations to benefit the SS United States. Last week, the Conservancy announced that we were only $2,072 away from that $100,000 goal. Just one week later, we are thrilled to announce that we have received $122,167 in donations eligible for matching — prompting Jim to raise his initial pledge by $20,000, and match $120,000!

“Our nation’s flagship isn’t just an historic vessel,” Jim Pollin said recently. “It also represents the people of a great and determined nation that once again have demonstrated they can rise to any challenge. In response to the generosity of so many supporters of the SS United States, I am proud to match their recent contributions with an additional donation of $120,000 to save this enduring symbol of our country.”

Campaign supporters hailed from 44 states and 17 countries, and their contributions ranged from one dollar to ten thousand. Every donation made a major difference, and we are profoundly grateful to Jim Pollin and to everyone who contributed. The ship would not be afloat today without this extraordinary collective effort.

Meanwhile, as we reported last week, negotiations continue to move forward in support of the ship’s redevelopment. Unfortunately, we are not yet in a position to release further details, but we remain optimistic that the remaining challenges associated with the ship’s restoration and reuse can be successfully resolved.

Today we celebrate the extraordinary results of our Pollin challenge grant campaign, but the ship has not yet reached safe harbor, and our continued fundraising efforts are absolutely crucial. Donations of any amount can be made HERE.

We remain deeply grateful for your support, and we will keep you informed as our plans for the ship continue to progress. Again, thank you so much!