Orange Coast College Builds New Planetarium with Help of $1M Donation

Good news is just around the corner for residents living near the Orange Coast college area in Florida. Thanks to a generous donation of $1,000,000 by the retired professor, Mary McChesney, this local school is able to build a new planetarium to replace their previous building, which was built in the 1950’s. Learn more about Orange Coast College: and

According to Doug Bennett, a director at this educational institute, the new building is much appreciated because “[t]echnology has changed so much for planetariums that we really needed to build something new[.]”

Furthermore, the donation provides immense value to the local community as well as the college; it will occasionally serve as a supplement to students in their primary education living in the Orange Coast area.

Consisting of about %5 of the planetarium’s total budget, they expect to add seating for up to 129 patrons, a major jump from the previous 35, and the $1,000,000 donated will be used directly towards the construction of a Foucault pendulum, which is a scientific tool used to illustrate and measure the rotation of the earth. It will be the only similar tool within the surrounding area.

There’s no doubt that this generous gift was one made out of love, for it was made in honor of the donor’s late partner, Adelyn Bonin, who had passed early this year.

The institution is very important to many people, including McChesney, who was quoted saying “I have grown old, but my love for this college is very much alive.” If all goes as planned, this wonderful addition to the Orange Coast College will be completed and ready for use by the start of the 2018 school year.

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