Peterson’s Exotic Pets Donates $12,222 for MOSART Center Coming to Rome

Peterson’s Exotic Pets, a local family business in Rome, has recently become one of the leading members of the First Fibonacci Foundation Founders Club Project donating $12,222 to support the Multiversity Center for Science, Arts and Technology (MOSART) slated to open in downtown Rome in 2023.

Owner Patty Peterson contacted the foundation to express his family’s interest in the project shortly after the announcement of the MOSART Center’s arrival in Rome. The amount of the donation is accompanied by a sentimental story.

Peterson said the inspiration to support the project came on February 2, 2022.

“Writing the date on the check reminded me of my grandson’s birthday, February 2, 2002, and as I continued to write the check to the foundation, I noticed that the number of the check had a string of ‘twos’ and wow, I knew fate had intervened and I decided to capture the magic,” Peterson explained.

“I am deeply touched by the generosity of the Peterson family and immensely grateful for their support of MOSART’s vision, which sets a powerful and positive tone in community relations for a greater good,” said the foundation’s president and founder. , Dr. Andrew Drozd. “The community support the Peterson family has shown is exemplary in helping other helping hands.”

Peterson believes MOSART will benefit Rome by attracting its youth and is excited at the prospect of activities and events rarely seen in the region hosted in the downtown business and arts district.

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The foundation is in the process of raising $1,000,000 for the MOSART project and continues to seek major donors. The First Founders Club recognizes the financial contributions of individuals and organizations in support of the Foundation’s MOSART mission. In turn, the foundation will dedicate offices, building wings and a Founder’s Wall in the name of donors, family members or organizations to establish a lasting community legacy.

For more information on fundraising options, contact Drozd at [email protected] or call 315-335-1238. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Project Fibonacci Foundation, Inc., PO Box 424, Rome, NY 13442-0424.

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