Reader's Digest came to Mentor because of the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum, so the city thought it appropriate that the museum get the $1,000 that the city received from Reader's Digest.
A convoy from the magazine visited the city
While here, Reader's Digest gave $1,000 to the city to spend any way it wanted. The government decided it would be fair to give it to the railroad museum.
"We want to make sure they receive the check to further their endeavors," City Council President Robert Shiner said.
Reader's Digest chose to include Mentor in its 100-day RV tour of the country. The tour will stop at 100 cities along the way and give each city money to help stimulate its local economy.
They chose to stop in Mentor because they had previously featured the Western Reserve Model Railroad Museum in the magazine's annual "Best of America" issue.
Meanwhile, the museum is going through a . It owes $100,000 in back rent and may be evicted, its curator Rick Montgomery said previously.
Mentor City Manager Ken Filipiak said he did not want the railroad museum to close like the Museum of Speed did.
"It's family oriented," Filipiak said of the museum. "There isn't anybody who doesn't love trains as a kid and it stays with you as you grow up."
The city of Mentor could still win as much as $40,000 more from Reader's Digest. To help it win more money, visit the We Hear You America website and "cheer" for Mentor.