Lafayette, Colorado - WOW! Children’s Museum (World of Wonder) is pleased to announce today that the Museum has received a $3,000 grant from Xcel Energy. The grant was made through the Arts & Culture focus area for Xcel Energy’s corporate giving, part of the company’s effort to support nonprofit agencies providing services in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy. WOW! Children’s Museum will use this grant to fund and support arts and culture focused programming, exhibits, performances and special events.

"This grant will help us inspire our young Museum visitors to create, to develop the skill of self-expression and expand their knowledge of arts and culture. Hosting cultural presentations and performances throughout the year helps connect children and their families with the rich diversity in our community,” said Jennifer Hinderliter, Executive Director, WOW! Children’s Museum.

“The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities,” said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy’s Director of Corporate Giving. “Through our Foundation grants we can positively impact the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve.”

About Xcel Energy:
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electric and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education, environmental stewardship, job training, placement, and creation and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory. For more information visit www.xcelenergy.com

About WOW! Children’s Museum:
Founded in 1996, WOW! Children's Museum (World of Wonder) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing educational interactive exhibits, activities, and programs for all children – bringing families together in a creative environment that sparks imagination, inspires learning through play, and supports school readiness.

For more information: Contact WOW! at 303-604-2424 or visit www.wowchildrensmuseum.org. WOW! is located at 110 N. Harrison Avenue in downtown Lafayette. Find WOW! Children’s Museum on Facebook.

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