EL PASO, Texas — Local consumer branding company Helen of Troy has donated $1 million to the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center to fund the first-floor cafe. Stephanie Otero, vice president of operations for the El Paso Community Foundation, was a guest on ABC-7 at 4 to discuss the donation.
The Little Stars Café, funded by Helen of Troy, will be a gathering place with indoor and outdoor seating where visiting children and families can refuel while exploring the museum. It will also serve as a refuge where community members who live and work downtown can have lunch, snacks or drinks.
“(The museum) is an important project for our community,” Otero said, “and we need so many stakeholders to become partners to ensure this is a world-class facility. for our community.Helen of Troy arrived early before all the fancy designs were done.They knew they wanted to be a part of it.They have been a company that has been committed over its 53 year history to giving back to the community where its employees and customers live and work, and we are thrilled that they have agreed to come and make this very generous donation to run our Little Stars Café.”
Otero says other local businesses have also stepped up to sponsor areas of the museum. “We’ve already made six more announcements (regarding) The Climber, a classroom, different exhibit experiences throughout, a weather forecast station,” Otero said. “And over the next two months, about every two weeks, we’re going to be announcing all of the amazing capital donors that have brought this project to life.”
The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is being built in downtown El Paso. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.