Friends of Museum plan fund raiser on March 15

Friends of Museum plan fund raiser on March 15 The Friends of the W.H. Over Museum are sponsoring a fund-raising dinner Saturday, March 15 at Buffalo Run Winery, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

From 5:30 until approximately 6:15 p.m., guests will enjoy the musical talent of the students of Janis Yarbrough and the Grand Piano Studio. Dinner will be served beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. Guests may choose either prime rib or salmon by indicating their choice when they buy tickets.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available from board members or at the museum.

To add to the fun of the evening, members of the executive board of the Friends of the W.H. Over Museum will be serving as waiters and waitresses. Any member of the Friends organization can be a "waitperson for a day."

In addition to music, food and fellowship throughout the evening, Hazen Bye will officiate at an auction of select items. Thanks to the generosity of members of the Friends and the Vermillion community, there are some unique items to offer for this fund-raising function.

One of the items is a handmade doll which was created expressly for the museum's benefit. Joyce Brauer, doll maker from Centerville, designed and created the doll. There will be a reserve bid of $200 for the doll.

Local artist Chuck Weideman has donated one of his wildlife paintings for auction and an antique pine commode has been donated by Johnson Antiques. There will be more items added up until the time of the auction.

Funds raised at this dinner will be especially earmarked to replace the carpet in the museum, especially in Sletwold Hall. It is hoped that carpeting in the entire area of the foyer of the museum as well as the Discovery Room and Gift Shop will be replaced this year. There are always many repair and maintenance needs that create ongoing demand for funds.

Because the museum is entirely maintained by volunteer effort, the Friends are hoping for a generous response to this fund-raising effort. Contributions and new members for the Friends organization are always welcome and the museum welcomes visitors. There is no admission and tour guides are available. The museum also offers its facilities for meetings for a small fee.

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