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Fort plans fundraiser

Event will be Sunday

October 18, 2012

In the wake of a successful fundraising dinner on opening weekend in April, the Fort Museum's board of directors will host a similar event Sunday.

It will begin at 11 a.m. with an open house to be followed by a smoked pork chop dinner at noon, catered by Howard Ball's Feed Shed Catering.

"The first fundraiser in April on opening weekend was a success," said Kim Alstott, vice chairman of the Fort Museum board of directors. "We got lots of good comments. Everyone who came really enjoyed it."

Sunday's event will also feature a silent auction with a variety of donated items, including products from C&S Products, a hand-built decorative barn replica, Pappa Murphy's Pizza, a six-month Messenger subscription, an Iowa Hawkeyes Christmas tree and items from Laritas Cakes N More.

"This is just a sampling of what is going to be available," said Jacque Johanson, board secretary.

Johanson said the event will also get a little extra help from Kohl's, which donated $500 and will provide employee volunteers to to help with the set up and tear down of the event.

The event will conclude with a show by local hypnotist Terry Cook.

"Terry donated a one-hour show for the event," said Alstott. "You can come out, sit down and eat, and watch the show."

The event will also help celebrate the many renovations that are being done at the museum by local service clubs and companies, such as Cargill.

"We are doing it in conjunction with the other projects going on at the Fort," said Alstott. "We appreciate everything that is going on. Cargill is redoing the Armstrong Building, Sertoma is doing a building that they donated. The Noon Kiwanis built the drugstore and they are working on it. We are asking groups to step up and help refurbish what we have. The Fort was built in 1964 and it really hasn't had a renovation since then. We want to get things back up to par."

Mike Bottorff, the board president, is glad to see the work.

"We are really excited about all that is happening at the Fort as far as improvements go," Bottorff said.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will help with the daily upkeep and maintenance at the Fort.

"There are some real treasures in Fort Dodge," said Alstott. "The Fort is in the top three. People from around the world have visited. The Fort is independent. We get no support from the city, county or state. When people step up to help, that makes it even better. The Fort belongs to everyone. It really is something unique."

"It's a big part of the history of the area," said Johanson. "We've got to know where we came from."



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