- Associated Press - Monday, January 3, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — An Arlington planetarium has received a last-minute donation of $100,000 that will enable it to stay open, radio station WTOP-FM reported.

Alison Monet, president of Friends of Arlington’s David M. Brown Planetarium, says the donation came from Preston Caruthers, a builder, philanthropist and former Arlington County school board chairman.

The donation pushes the group’s total amount raised to $240,000, the amount it needed to collect by the end of 2010 to remain open. The planetarium’s budget was cut last year by the Arlington County school board.

The group must now raise $402,000 by the end of June to replace the dome, star projector and other aging parts. If successful, the renovated facility could open as early as next fall.

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