Monday, September 14, 2015, the Dorcheat Historical Museum will be hosting its 7th fundraising event since the 2008 opening of the parish museum. Last year the fundraiser was a huge success, and raised over $30,000 and was attended by over 150 guests.
Becky Marvin, Janice Mourad, Cora Lou Robinson, Louise Snook, and Kay Elzen, Janet LaBruyere, Ann Harlan, Charlotte Martin, Dianne McGuire, Jo McCullough, Charlotte Jones and Mary Ann Hamilton are all board members and the female driving force behind the gala. Not to be forgotten, for all their hard word to make everything run smoothly are fellow board members; Marcel Vandenoord, Richard Campbell, John Agan, Dr. Roy Phillips, Carleton Prothro, Lonnie Simpson and Ben Baldwain. These event organizers report that the 2015 fundraiser promises to be as exceptional as the past museum events, with the "History and Memories" theme set for this year. Guest will be thrilled with the variety of silent auction items and the great variety of wonderful Louisiana cuisine. "We are so fortunate to have the support of so many people from far and wide.”We are pleased with our progress and we know we couldn't do any of it without so many generous friends and supporters of the museum." stated museum director; Schelley Brown Francis.
Folk artist, Cora Lou Robinson, is in the process of painting yet another new original painting for this event. Robinson's paintings have been a highlight at the past auctions bringing in thousands of dollars each year for the museum. Everyone is looking forward to seeing her new 2015 piece. Other artists have also contacted museum board members about donating original works; and museum members are thrilled with the response to help.
The museum has had hundreds of visitors this past year from all over the country. It is a showplace for our area and has received quite a bit of notice from the Shreveport area on local TV stations, magazines and newspapers. People are now seeing museum commercials on TV, large billboards and ads in area publications.
Our expansion project is something we are looking forward to for the future. We raised the money to purchase the building in 2013! We have a new roof and front on this newest building! Now our plans for our renovation and upgrading the building will take place as money is raised for this long-term project. Many Minden residents will remember when the two buildings were connected as Major Office Supply with a door between the two sections. With the purchase of the building we will once again hope to have a doorway between the two museum areas at some point in time.
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