Fundraiser nets more than $10K for Lovell-Kane Area Museum

Museum board members Rich Fink and Karen Spragg have some good-natured fun at the museum fundraiser while announcing winners of the silent auction items on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lovell Community Center.  Patti Carpenter photo

Museum board members Rich Fink and Karen Spragg have some good-natured fun at the museum fundraiser while announcing winners of the silent auction items on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lovell Community Center.
Patti Carpenter photo

The third annual fundraiser for the Lovell-Kane Area Museum raised $10,500 that will go toward building a museum honoring the history of the area. The money was raised through attendance at the event Saturday night, donations, silent auction sales and a raffle.

The Lovell Woman’s Club served food prepared by Wayne and Sam Spragg, while musicians Bret Marchant, Kelly Wells and Stewart Reed provided entertainment on guitar, banjo, fiddle and vocals.

Around 180 supporters attended, which is down from last year’s attendance, which was 312.

“It was way down from last year but still a good turnout,” said organizer and museum board member Karen Spragg. “We’re not complaining. There were several other events on the same day.”

Many property owners attending took advantage of an opportunity to sign a petition that is circulating to make the museum a special district. By becoming a special district, tax dollars will be designated to operate the museum. The designation as a district could also open doors for organizers to get special grants to build the museum.

“I don’t know offhand how many people signed the petition, but I know we got off to a good start,” said organizer and museum board member Rich Fink.

Fink said the group will be “knocking on doors” in the near future to obtain the rest of the required signatures. The group has set a goal of 1,200 signatures, which exceeds the number required, in case some signatures don’t qualify.

Molly Olson won a handcrafted knife by Wayne Spragg offered at this year’s raffle. Janice Wantulok won a quilt donated by the Senior Center Quilters. Louise Good and John Hyde won vintage photos.

For more information about the museum call Spragg at 548-7212.

by Patti Carpenter

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