The Children's Museum of Yuma County is like every other business and nonprofit in the nation with regard to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our organization. In the summer of 2020, we were unable to host the Summer Children's Museum that we had operated for four summers and were unable to rehire our full seasonal staff and volunteers. Our planned fundraising has been dampened while our building renovations and exhibit development have been delayed. The pandemic has also created uncertainty around our grand opening date and how our daily operations will change.
While there have been numerous unforeseen challenges this year, we've also experienced a time a great creativity and innovation. In order to meet the needs of families who had their children home from school and extra-curricular activities, we created the Museum@Home Summer 2020 Virtual Class Program featuring nine themed kits each containing everything needed for four activities. These kits were successfully sold all summer long and nearly 300 kits were donated to three local agencies. Parents, caregivers, and kids told us how much fun they had with the activities in their class kits.
As with the other changes we have experienced this year, our UnWined fundraiser will now be an extended online silent auction and include some unique opportunities. In order to allow our loyal patrons and guests to continue experiencing the fun of our past UnWined events, we are introducing our UnWined@Home kits sponsored by JT Prime Pop-Up Kitchen by Chef Alex Trujillo. Time to playfully "build and serve" your own 5 course dinner, each course with a specifically paired wine. Meals provide budding chefs with all of the ingredients and recipes and allow you to prepare the food for their very own private dinner party. Choose a small group of friends to invite into your home and enjoy the UnWined experience in a unique manner this year. Not interested in playing chef? Bid on our platinum package in the online auction and we'll bring the food and chefs to your party.
Please show your support by sponsoring, participating in the online auction and purchasing the in-home fun of UnWined@Home. The generosity of the Yuma community has helped us playfully bring amazing experiences to the children of our region since 2013. Now it is time to launch our growth into the year-round playful opportunities our kids need and deserve.