Former Discovery Center Executive Director Given Star on Wall of Stars

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston is proud to join the Friends of the Forum in announcing Margaret (Pokey) Crocker is the most recent recipient of a Star on its Wall of Stars.

The County Executive’s Office was joined by members of the Friends of the Forum to present the star to Crocker, in honor of her years of contributions and achievements as the Executive Director of the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, a position she held for 27 years.

“Pokey Crocker is a true icon, responsible for enhancing the lives of thousands of children in our community,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “She is truly deserving of this recognition.”

“On behalf of the board members of the Friends of the Forum, it is our pleasure to once again to be honored to have Pokey Crocker on our Wall of Stars, again showing to all that our community has some many who have contributed to the quality of our lives,” says Ron Sall, from the Friends of the Forum.

“You know, I love this community so much and my work at The Discovery Center was always fun.  The support of my friends, the foundations involved and all the contractors...well, it just never stopped,” says Crocker.  “I am excited about this wonderful award, and what it means, and I am so proud to be a recipient of this shining star. What I did, I did because I love children and wanted them to have a special place where they could be themselves and yet learn many things that would tie into their lifelines. I think we have achieved that goal, and I am grateful beyond measure.”

Crocker spent a majority of her career working in local museums, starting as a volunteer coordinator at the Roberson Museum and Science Center.

She was then promoted to assistant director of education there, before moving on to become the executive director of the Tioga County Council on the Arts.

But her biggest impact on the community may have started in March, 1989, when she was named the Executive Director of the Discovery Center.

Some of her most notable accomplishments include:

  • Moving the museum from the inner city, to its current home at Ross Park
  • The Discovery Center became a certified NYS educational institution
  • In 1995, she presented An Evening with Maya Angelou at the Anderson Center at Binghamton University
  • Raised funds and completed a $1.3 million expansion of the Discovery Center
  • The Discovery Center is home to the Parlor City Boys Chorus, an award winning chorus for boys aged 9-13
  • Was awarded numerous grants to fund a family performance series known as “Showtime Sundays”
  • In 2008, partnered with the internationally acclaimed dance group Galumpha to bring a two week artist in residency camp for children aged 7-12, which culminated in a First Friday performance at the Helen Foley Theater.
  • And so much more.

She is the 49th person to be honored with a star.

You can see all the stars on display in the lobby of the Forum Theatre.



09/15/2016 - 3:11pm