Museum fundraiser earns $10,000

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By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The Steffen Thomas Museum in Buckhead held a Peace, Love & Art fundraiser in March that raised $10,000 for the museum’s educational art programs. With at least 100 people in attendance, the 60s-themed event featured food, a cash bar, a silent auction, raffles, a dance troop, music, door prizes, and dancing. Attendants were encouraged to come dressed in 60s and 70s fashion. Raffle tickets were $10 dollars each. Connie Bryans, a Morgan County resident, won the diamond necklace donated by Whidby Jewelers in Madison. “It was one of our most successful fundaraisers ever.”

“It had a fun theme that everyone identitifeed with. Practically everyone dressed up. It was the essence of the 1960s that night. We just had a really great time,” said Karen Strelecki,, director of the museum. “We were excited about this event,” said Strelecki,. “We will pour this money back into our children’s arts outreach program.”

Those programs include: working with the Crossroad alternative school and funding “A Day at Steffen Thomas,” in which classes come to the museum for private tours and a group art project. “It’s a make and take,” explained Strelecki. “We want to show these kids that there is more to a museum than meets the eye.”

The museum will also use the money to aid their Junior Docent Program, in which museum personnel trains youth how to operate a museum. “We are trying to groom them to be the future docents and art collectors of the future,” said Strelecki. According to Strelecki, this kind of fundraiser not only benefits the work of the museum, but gives local community members a unique and memorable night. “We had a blast,” said Strelecki.

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