Plymouth: New 400th director sets sights on funding for anniversary celebration

Plymouth 400 has a new director with a big job –and that’s to raise money for a very big party to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival.

Michele Pecoraro comes to town from over the canal, having worked most recently as Vice President of Operations for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce. So, how much money has to be raised?

“We’re looking at somewhere in the vicinity of 16 to 20 million, depending upon what we actually end up doing as far as our signature events are concerned, as far as our pillars are concerned –one of them is education, one of them is infrastructure. Some of these funds will come from state funding, some of them will come from federal funding.

And then, there’s money needed to support the actual events of 2020:

“We will be looking at sponsorships and partnerships and working together with corporations to help to bring those events to the public.”

Pecoraro has 15 years experience in nonprofit and tourism management and currently serves as president of the Massachusetts Cultural Coast – a group dedicated to promoting historic sites within the coastal region, south of Boston.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.