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USS Kidd embarks on fundraising effort

1 year 10 months 1 week ago July 13, 2015 Jul 13, 2015 Monday, July 13 2015 July 13, 2015 8:38 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- Struggling to stay afloat financially, the USS Kidd has embarked on a fundraising effort selling what officials describe as "unique war bonds" to the public.

Executive Director Alex Juan says the Louisiana Naval War Memorial, which includes the World War II-era destroyer ship USS Kidd, is at no risk of closing. She says the funds are needed to address some overdue maintenance issues and to fund recently added programs that have increased foot traffic.

The fundraising drive comes after the museum's finances were questioned last year by auditors, who said it owed the state $334,000 for unpaid insurance premiums.

Juan, who has been director since 2013, said it costs about $60,000 a month to operate the museum, which hosts lectures and other public events.

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