Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Dorcheat museum to host fundraiser

Dorcheat Historical Museum director Schelley Francis is turning to the community for help in order to make an annual fundraising event for the museum a success.

"Anyone who would like to donate items or own a business in the area and would like to donate a service for the silent auction, please let me know as soon as possible," Francis said.

Date for "A Night for the Museum," the sixth such event since the 2008 opening of the museum, will be Monday, September 8 at 6 p.m.

"Last year the fundraiser was a huge success, and raised more than $30,000 and was attended by more than 150 guests," Francis said.
Becky Marvin, Janice Mourad, Cora Lou Robinson, Louise Snook and Kay Elzen, board members and gala event organizers report that the 2014 fundraiser promises to be no exception, with the

"Photographs and Memories" theme set for this year.

"Guests will be thrilled with the variety of silent auction items and the great variety of wonderful Louisiana cuisine," Francis said. "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."

Local folk artist, Cora Lou Robinson, is in the process of painting another original painting for this event. Robinson's paintings have been a highlight at past auctions bringing in more than $8,000 last year for the museum.

"Everyone is looking forward to seeing her new 2014 piece," Francis said. "Other artists have also contacted museum board members about donating original works; and museum members are thrilled with the response to help."

Francis said hundreds of guests from all over the country have visited the museum over the past year.

"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," she said. "People are now seeing museum commercials on TV, large billboards and ads in area publications."

The museum's expansion project is in full swing.

"We raised the money to purchase the building next door in 2013," she said "We have a new roof and front on our new building, and now our plans for our renovation and upgrading the building will take place."

The two buildings were connected as Major Office Supply on Pearl Street with a door between the two sections.

"With the purchase of the building we once again hope to have a doorway between the two museum areas at some point in time," she said.

When the Media/Theater room opened several years ago, it gave the museum an extra advantage as a facility to be used for events.

"We can now rent this part of the museum out for meetings, reunions and parties, plus we have the added benefit of the theater system for Power Point or video presentations," Francis said.

To attend or donate a service or item for the 2014 Gala event contact the Dorcheat Museum at 377-3002 or visit at 116 Pearl Street. To sign up for updates visit the website at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com or find it on Facebook.






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