Archive for the ‘Capital Campaign Fundraising Events’ Category


Smile and the world smiles with you…or at least the library staff does

March 11, 2011

Syd and Marguerite Boyer (Photo courtesy of Ryan Whisner of the Daily Jefferson County Union)

I was looking through the photos from our donor sneak preview event and thought this was a perfect one to share.  Two of my favorite people are here, posing outside the study room named after them.   Look at their smiles!   They are smiling because they are happy about the library expansion.   They are smiling because they are pleased they were able to contribute funds to help our project in a significant way.  They are smiling because they have a study room named in their honor.  They are smiling because that’s what they do.  They have come in to our library, year after year, and spread sunshine beyond measure to our staff.  Many times they even bring chocolate along with their smiles.

I can’t tell you how important those smiles have been, particularly over the last year which has been exhausting in so many ways for our library staff.

The appreciation on the part of the Boyers and all the others who come in and say “thank you” or “this library is very special” or “we are so lucky” is an unbelievable source of inspiration.  And, quite frankly, much needed right now.

Syd and Marguerite have shown us how to live, with laughter and generosity, with appreciation and interest, with chocolate and smiles.   How lucky we are to know them!


Some things are meant to be

August 2, 2010

You know it’s a really good match between the prize and the winner when you arrive to give away the library’s raffle grand prize of the Milwaukee Brewers luxury suite package and you see that the recipient has a wall of Brewers’ bobbleheads to select from to bring along to the photo op.

Scott Lastusky, head of the city of Fort Atkinson’s Parks and Recreation Department, won the grand prize in Saturday’s raffle drawing at the Farmer’s Market.

Raffle winner Scott Lastusky posing with one of his Brewers' bobbleheads

When I drew his name from the bucket, I knew instantly that the winner would not only make good use of the tickets, but he’d also be appreciative and excited.   He was still smiling two days after I’d called him to tell him the good news.

The Brewer’s package was generously donated by David and Julia Uihlein.  We are incredibly grateful for the donation because it was the grand prize in our raffle and allowed us to sell tickets to raise money for our library’s capital campaign.

The package included 14 tickets, food, and parking.  Scott tells me that he’s not *exactly* sure who he’ll invite to the game yet.   Perhaps people will have to write an essay.  Or maybe they can report how many Brewer’s bobbleheads they own.  He could challenge them to a batting competition.  Who knows what Scott might decide!

We sure hope he and his party have a wonderful night at the ballpark, compliments of David and Julia Uihlein and the Dwight Foster Public Library’s Foster Growth capital campaign.

Thank you to all the merchants and individuals who donated prizes to the raffle and all the people who bought tickets.   Even though this was our last official capital campaign fundraising event, I should mention it’s certainly not too late to donate.  We are still taking donations for our project and sincerely appreciate every dollar that is given!


You *might* be smarter than a 5th grader…

February 3, 2010
But then again, 5th graders  are pretty smart! 
Hmmmm, Mary who?

And so are the Fort Atkinson high school students who put together a fantastic fundraiser for our library’s expansion and renovation project.  Linda Straub’s class organized an event based on the theme from the television show Are you smarter than a fifth grader.  The administrators from a variety of schools in Fort Atkinson battled each other and a group of fifth graders during an evening filled with many laughs.  (There is nothing quite like watching an educated educator overanalyze a second grade question.)

The night was expertly emceed by high school principal, Jeff Zaspel, with witty remarks and obvious rapport.  All the contestants did a superb job of having fun, showing off their smarts, and helping our library raise money to make the building project a reality. I’ll admit to knowing some of the answers, but not all.  I do have to say I knew the answer to the Mary Mary Quite Contrary question.  I am, after all, a former children’s librarian.  It was all I could do not to shout out “pretty maids” in my desire to help out the team that was brave enough to wear cheerleaders’  jackets.

Many thanks to Mrs. Straub’s students, Mrs. Straub, and all the principals and students who participated.  To everyone who had a hand in making this event such a success, I offer a very sincere thank you.


Magical musical moment

November 19, 2009

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.  Instead of my usual thousand words, I thought I’d keep the words to a minimum and share this incredible photograph courtesy of professional photographer, Lori Compas.  Lori was at our music night at the museum fundraiser and captured some of the magic with her camera.  You can’t hear the beautiful music, but you can see the intensity on Bill Camplin’s face here.  Bill, Satchel, and Randy each demonstrated their unique talents.  Their outstanding performances, varied musical selections, and rapport with the audience made for a show I will never forget.  I had goosebumps.

Thank you to Bill, Satchel, and Randy for sharing their talents with our library.  The fundraiser was successful beyond anyone’s expectations.  We raised over $4,500 for the library’s Foster Growth building fund.

Thank you to the staff of the Cafe Carpe, Pat Belt, Maria Perez-Hametta, Kori Oberle, the museum staff…and all the other kind people who helped.   We are grateful to those who donated prizes for the raffle and everyone who bought tickets to the raffle and for the event.

Left to right: Randy Sabien, Bill Camplin, Satchel Paige


Music to our ears

October 17, 2009

Pat Belt, chair of special events for our Foster Growth capital campaign has done an incredible job planning a variety of activities that are helping us raise money for our expansion and renovation.  We’ve had a chili-fest, a brat-fest, T-shirt sales, and collection cans at local businesses.  She and her team of people have been selling Foster Growth T-shirts, candy bars, and our library cooRandySabienkbooks at the Farmer’s Market and beyond.

Our next special event on Friday, November 13th promises to be very special indeed.  A Musical night at the Museum will showcase jazz violionist Randy Sabien accompanying Bill Camplin and will also feature Satchel Paige Welch.  We are just thrilled to be able to offer such a fine group of musicians to Fort Atkinson’s music-loving crowd.  Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be included in the ticket price  of $35 and all proceeds will benefit our library project.

We are grateful to Bill, Satchel, and Randy…and, of course, Pat who made the arrangements as well as her crew and the staff of the Hoard Historical Museum.  When Pat told us of the event, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were to be able to host such a quality show.   Randy, an incredible musician and performer, has been hailed by the Christian Science Monitor, the USA Today, and many other publications.  You can hear a sample of him at his website. Bill is a legend himself and his son, Satchel, an exciting young performer.  Tickets are available at the library and at the Cafe Carpe.  The Hoard Historical Museum is located at 401 Whitewater Avenue in Fort Atkinson.

We hope you join us.   It’ll be music to our ears…and yours!

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