From left: Executive Chef Rebecca Riehn, Emily Cain and Michael Pogorelec, all of South Hills, join the Children's Museum's 'Young At Heart' committee members Alysia Hopper, Melissa Hierl, Nancy Hackbarth, and Kristin Lenz. The museum's annual fund-raising gala will be held at South Hills on Friday, May 17.
The Children's Museum of Fond du Lac (CMFDL) will be honoring C.D. Smith Construction and Betty Trent at its ninth annual Young At Heart celebration, scheduled for May 17.
"Over a hundred thousand visitors have enjoyed our community museum because of the generous contributions made by our supporters, including C.D. Smith and Betty Trent," stated Alysia Hopper, event chairperson.
C.D. Smith will be presented with the "Friend of the Museum" medallion, a tradition awarded to individuals or organizations that have significantly contributed to the museum's ability to serve the community with its hands-on exhibits and programs.
"For over a decade, C.D. Smith has contributed to the growth and development of the Children's Museum, supporting the creation of family programs, physical museum exhibits and now they are providing significant support for our new facility," stated Andrea Welsch, Executive Director of the museum.
Betty Trent will be honored with the "Impact Award" after years of dedicated service to the museum serving on the museum's advisory council, supporting a variety of the museum's programs, and sharing her creativity and friendly demeanor with children over the years.
"Betty is an icon in early childhood development and the museum is one of the many organizations with which she has shared her love and passion for children," said Welsch.
Past honorees include: Brian and Kevin Twohig of Flooring America, The Korb Family, Agnesian HealthCare and the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation, CitizensFirst Credit Union, and Grande Cheese.
The public is invited to attend the Young At Heart celebration on May 17 at South Hills Golf and Country Club, beginning at 6 p.m. A sit-down dinner will be served featuring local artisanal cuisine paired with Wisconsin Spirits. A micro-brew sampling, dessert auction, raffle drawing, and live entertainment will add to the evening's excitement.
Proceeds from the Young At Heart event will be used to support CMFDL's $2 million Grow With Us capital campaign, which will allow the museum to reopen in its new, larger home in Fond du Lac's Waterfront District. Event tickets are $125 each. Tables of 8 are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the Children's Museum's temporary offices (116 N. Main Street, in the lower level of the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corp. building) or charged by phone, 929-0707. For more information, please visit the Children's Museum website at www.cmfdl.org.