Oliver and Rebecca Zornow

Oliver and Rebecca Zornow


The Building for Kids has been a part of Oliver and Rebecca Zornow’s life since they first visited the museum as kids in the 1990s. They both have strong memories from those early years, including a Girl Scouts sleepover and visiting the museum’s first traveling exhibit, Dinosaurs Alive!

However, it wasn’t until the Zornows left Appleton during their time with the Peace Corps that they came to realize how important the Building for Kids is and how easy it is to take for granted facilities like the museum that support community-focused, play-based learning. Since then, they have stayed connected to the museum by bringing their kids to play and through various volunteer and employment roles at the museum, including Oliver’s current position as Executive Director.

They have also chosen to stay connected to the museum by becoming founding members of the Dr. John and Sally Mielke Bold Hearts Legacy Circle and making a planned gift to support the future sustainability of the Building for Kids beyond their lifetime. “Supporting the museum through a planned gift is an extension of our current financial philosophy. It’s important for us to donate to causes and organizations that we are passionate about,” explains Rebecca.

Oliver and Rebecca are excited that their planned gift will one day impact kids and families that they will never meet and will continue to ensure that young kids in our community have a safe and welcoming environment. “This institution is critical in our lives and the lives of our kids, so this is a way we can make sure that it is still here and still viable to support our grandkids and great-grandkids, and their peers in our community,” explains Oliver. “Each gift doesn’t need to be massive to have a big impact if everyone rallies around it.”

Do you want to leave a legacy that will impact kids and their adults for generations to come? Join the Bold Hearts Legacy Circle.

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