Press release from Milan ’54 Museum
(Milan, Ind.) - Milan 54, Inc. is pleased to announce the awarding of a major matching grant opportunity from the Efroymson Family Fund. The Efroymson Family Fund will match 1 : 1 every dollar that the new Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum raises between now and March 31st to purchase the "Hoosiers Collection." The "Hoosiers Collection" is the world’s largest known collection of "Hoosiers" movie memorabilia which includes movie props and uniforms used in the 1986 sports classic "Hoosiers."
"We are very grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund for this opportunity. We have come a long ways towards achieving the $49,500 goal to acquire, preserve and display the 'Hoosiers Collection'," said Marianne Wiggers, President of Milan 54, Inc. "The folks of this great state of Indiana have been very generous. We are on the home stretch now but we need one more last big push from the people of Indiana to get us across the finish line. We are so close, every dollar that any individual or organization that can send us counts and will now be matched."
The "Hoosiers Collection" contains more than 180 items consisting of basketball uniforms, cheer leading outfits and other assorted movie props. Included in this collection is a large assortment of the Hickory Huskers uniforms including Jimmy Chitwood's #15 home uniform as well as Barbara Hershey's ¾ length "Betty Rose" vintage coat that she wore when confronting coach Norman Dale about his past.
"The Hoosiers Collection will be a wonderful addition to the museum and will preserve these historic artifacts for the people of Indiana forever." said Wiggers. The "Hoosiers Collection" will be on permanent display in the new museum.
Donations for the Hoosiers Collection are tax deductible and can be mailed to Milan 54, Inc. at P.O. Box 156, Milan, IN 47031 or sent online at www.milan54.org Please designate your donation to the "Hoosiers Collection." For additional information visit www.milan54.org or contact Timothy Molinari at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 812-530-6789.
In 2001 the film "Hoosiers" was selected for preservation by the United States National Film Registry at the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant to American culture."
About the Efroymson Family Fund:
The Efroymson Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and continues a long legacy of charitable commitments by the Efroymson family. The fund was established in 1998 by Dan and Lori Efroymson to improve the quality of life for individuals and promote the vitality of communities. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $74 million in grants to non-profit organizations in central Indiana and beyond.
About the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum:
Before Indiana adopted the high school class basketball tournament system, teams from all sizes of schools competed against each other for that one coveted title—Indiana State Basketball Champions. In 1954 the reign of the large Indiana High Schools ended when the team from Milan High School in Milan, Indiana (with an enrollment of just 161) defeated the Muncie Central team (with an enrollment of 1,662). A shot taken in the last moments brought the score to Milan 32-Muncie 30.
Basketball enthusiasts from all over the United States cheered for the Milan Indians Boys Basketball team and sent messages of congratulations. Thousands of fans gathered in the small town of Milan to watch as a huge parade brought the team back to town. In 1986 the small town’s accomplishment was made into the movie "Hoosiers" and the fan base for the Milan Indians team grew even more. Today people come from all over the United States and many countries of the world to see the Milan 54 – Hoosiers Museum and re-live the "David vs Goliath" event by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible.
The museum is packed with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship as well as the 1986 movie "Hoosiers." The museum has recently completed an extensive expansion and is located in the historic former State Bank of Milan Building in downtown Milan, Indiana. For more information visit www.Milan54.org