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Corporate and Private Donations To FBAC

HD Monitors and swivel monitor mounts donated by Sam's Club and Best Buy
HD Monitors and swivel monitor mounts donated by Sam's Club and Best Buy Tony Wiese accepting contribution from Walmart Management Team
Tony Wiese accepting contribution from Walmart Management Team

The Fort Bend Astronomy Club (FBAC) is a long-standing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a 509(a)(2) public charity with a long history of donations from outside groups to help the club fulfill it's motto of "Observing, Sharing, Teaching & Promoting Astronomy". FBAC is dedicated to not only serving its members, but the general public as well.

FBAC is grateful to accept donations from corporate entities, local businesses and the private sector. In order to continue serving the public through our education, outreach and volunteer efforts, the Fort Bend Astronomy Club is in constant need of replacement equipment, along with the acquisition of improved technology.

Since 2008 Tony Wiese has been the Donations and Grant Coordinator for the club, he can be reached at twanchor@gmail.com Please include "FBAC Donations" in the subject line of any correspondence. Thank you. Also, please see the FBAC "Wish List" page for items that are currently needed by FBAC.

Two of the ways FBAC uses donations, as well as how the club teaches and gives back to the community are:

  • Through FBAC members donating their time in public outreach and teaching astronomy at the George Observatory. As well as helping run, maintain, upgrade, and improve all three of the observatory domes at the George Observatory. For over 23 years (since the observatory opened), FBAC has provided the majority of the volunteers at the George Observatory. For 2011 to 2012 there were 66 FBAC club members who donated over 3,538 hours at the George Observatory.
  • Astronomy on Wheels (AOW) which is a club sponsored education program. For over 27 years club members have brought their own, or club loaner telescopes to area schools to teach students about astronomy and show them firsthand the wonders of the night sky. For 2011 to 2012 Astronomy On Wheels hosted 14 AOW events and had over 4,300 students, teachers and guests in attendance.

The following is a list of donations to FBAC over the past several years: (FBAC "Wish List" is HERE)

2011 Donations (Photos)
Date:Contributor:Donated Item(s):Amount:FBAC Member(s) that Obtained Donation:
10/2011Walmart Foundation$300 donation$300Tony Wiese
9/2011Flynn O'Malley5-inch Celestron Telescope$400FBAC
9/2011Sam's Club #4712full motion mount for a computer monitor$50Tony Wiese
8/2011Wes Whiddon4-inch Orion refractor for the East Dome$260Wes Whiddon
7/2011James CavneyMeade 8-inch LX90 GPS SCT Telescope for use at AOW events$2,200Tony Wiese
2/2011Charles KononTwo (2) Computers for the East Dome$300Charles Konon

2010 Donations (Photos)
Date:Contributor:Donated Item(s):Amount:FBAC Member(s) that Obtained Donation:
12/2010Sam's Club FoundationThis Sam's Club donation was used for two (2) full motion mounts for the East Dome computer monitors as well as a new refurbish XP based East Dome Control Computer.$250Tony Wiese
12/2010FBAC MembersFort Bend Astronomy Club Members donated $800 to refinish the mirrors in the club's 18-inch diameter telescope (18-inch primary mirror and 4 1/2-inch secondary mirror) located in the East Dome$800Various FBAC Members
6/2010WAL-MART Corporate$500 donation

This Walmart donation was used for a 27-inch high definition computer monitor for the Research Dome Image Computer to go along with the existing 25-inch high definition monitor as part of a dual monitor set-up. The balance of the Walmart donation was used for the new mounting plate, and telescope rings to mount the new 4-inch refractor piggybacked on the 18-inch scope in the East Dome.

$500Tony Wiese

2009 Donations (Photos)
Date:Contributor:Donated Item(s):Amount:FBAC Member(s) that Obtained Donation:
10/2009Andy Hoyns1/2 Air Mover$100Tony Wiese
10/2009Lowe's1/2 Air Mover$100Tony Wiese
9/2009Sam's Club #4712Sam's Club Community Grant Contribution

*How the grant
has been utilized*

$1,000Tony Wiese
9/2009Darrell Beaulier and Tony WieseDesigned, fabricated and painted a custom bracket to attach to RD rails to install the Sanus Full Motion heavy duty LCD Wall mount$400Tony Wiese
9/2009Lowe'sAir Mover$200Tony Wiese
7/2009Best Buy (Pearland)(2) Sanus Full Motion heavy duty LCD Wall Mounts$500Jim Hutchinson and
Tony Wiese
4/2009Clean Harbors
Deer Park, LP.
Wood grain metal desk$150Stephen Walker
2/2009Darrell Beaulier and Tony WieseDesigned, fabricated and painted a custom bracket to attach to RD rails to install the Sanus Full Motion regular LCD Wall mount$350Tony Wiese
1/2009Office MaxSanus Full Motion regular LCD Wall Mount$120Tony Wiese

2008 Donations (Photos)
Date:Contributor:Donated Item(s):Amount:FBAC Member(s) that Obtained Donation:
12/2008Sam's Club #4712(3) Dell 19-inch HD LCD monitors$475Tony Wiese
11/2008AstroZap11-inch Aperture Cover$50Stephen Walker
9/2008Stephen WalkerTelevue 2" Barlow and an Orion Sirius 25mm plossl eye piece$200Stephen Walker
9/2008Steve ClayworthHP 17-inch LCD Monitor$125Steve Clayworth
7/2008Joe Dellinger4 Telrad finder flip charts$50Joe Dellinger