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Save Bronto Campaign Holds First Fundraiser

posted Jun 29, 2009, 9:25 PM by Unknown user

By Marilyn Peguero, NBC17,
June 21, 2009

The Durham Community Concert Band played the Flintstones tune at a concert Sunday to kick off a fundraiser for Bronto, the 30 feet tall, 77 feet long brontosaurus at The Durham Museum of Life and Science. Pranksters beheaded it on a Friday night in May, police say.

"It was truly a local landmark, something that people looked forward to seeing. It just kind of hid in the woods and you would turn a corner and there it would be. And it looked like that's exactly where it belonged," said Nancy Rizzo, the chair of the Save The Bronto Project.

Police found the head days after its disappearance. An engineer said it could be reattached. And the Save The Bronto campaign was born.

Rizzo, the chairperson, made her first public appeal for donations at the concert at the American Tobacco Historic District Sunday.

The members of the community concert band were happy to help.

"It's an opportunity to serve the community in a different kind of way than just bringing music to it," said band member Elzie Laube.

The museum does not know yet how much it will cost to repair Bronto's head. But the campaign has more than $3,000 in donations. The Durham company Bronto Software donated $2,000. An anonymous donor contributed $1,000.