Hackett Auto Museum hires firms for fundraising, construction

(JACKSON, Mich.) – The Hackett Auto Museum has contracted two Lansing-based firms to work on the museum’s fundraising and construction projects. Vanguard Public Affairs will assist the museum with fundraising efforts while Kincaid-Henry will be responsible for renovating and restoring the museum site.

Vanguard is a full-service public affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, fundraising, media relations, message development, public affairs, crisis communications and digital media.

“The Vanguard team is extremely versatile and that makes them perfect for a unique project like this,” said Hackett Auto Museum Executive Director Ted O’Dell. “With their help, we’ve received more than $175,000 in investments so far. That goes a long way in making our vision a reality.”

Vanguard’s staff has more than 25 years of experience in development, fundraising, grant writing, and corporate and non-profit giving strategies.

“The Hackett Auto Museum represents an important piece of Michigan’s past,” said TJ Bucholz, President and CEO of Vanguard. “We’re focused on helping them tell their story and preserve our state’s automotive history.”

Construction on the museum begins this summer with contracting firm Kincaid-Henry serving as general contractors for the $1.4 million restoration and creation of the Hackett Auto Museum.

“We have been impressed with what we have seen from Kincaid-Henry and are excited for construction to get underway,” O’Dell said. “They have revitalized a number of historic buildings throughout mid-Michigan and have a flair for embracing the historic integrity of their projects.”

The museum is expected to open in spring 2019 after renovations to the building are completed.


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