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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • A sweet event for a good cause

  • Rosati Winery Museum was "dressed to the nines" Saturday night, April 5, when the Newburg Children's Museum hosted its first Sweet Charity fundraising event.
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  • Rosati Winery Museum was "dressed to the nines" Saturday night, April 5, when the Newburg Children's Museum hosted its first Sweet Charity fundraising event.
    Thirteen individuals and groups served as table designers for the event, lavishly decorating themed tables. Extravagant desserts were featured at each table, as well.
    "We wanted to host a fundraiser that would be a little different, as well as a lot of fun," said Judy Fisher, one of the event organizers. "We recruited table designers and dessert makers, and sold tickets. We were thrilled at the response."
    Tickets for the event sold out quickly, according to Fisher.
    Social hour music was provided by the Missouri S&T String Quartet. The program included a performance by the Missouri S&T Ballet and Dance Club, with excerpts from “The Lion King,” a documentary video produced by Martha Edwards, featuring Newburg Children's Museum Curator Dr. Elizabeth te Groen and a slide show by local photographer Scott Peterson.
    Table designers included Lynda Calderon - April in Paris; The Eyrtel Girls - Rock 'n Roll Bowl; The Community Partnership Resale Shop - Mid-Century Vintage; Deb Kleinhelder and Helen Branson - Market Place; Dr. and Mrs. Keith Frederick - April in Newburg; Dilek Acar and Ginger Philpot - Turkish Delight; Lisa Bockman Arata - Downton Abbey; Sheila Monk - Everything's Coming Up Roses; Nancy Duncan and Lina Madison - Coterie St. Pat's Ball;  Meramec Hills Master Naturalists - A Spring Walk in the Meramec Hills; Houston House staff - Frisco Railroad and Houston House; Mary Lou Long - Easter; Phelps County Bank Team and Sandra Ford - Whimsical Tea for Thee.
    Dessert creations were provided by Lynda Calderon, Cupcakes and Cravings, the Eyrtels, Penelope's Restaurant, St. James Marketplace Cafe, Ayten Palantekin, Kathy Frank, Sheila Monk, Nancy Duncan and Lina Madison, Clark Street Cafe and Bakery, Meramec Hills Master Naturalists, Houston House staff, Mary Lou Long and Martha Burton Long, and Dreya's Basket.
    A silent auction was also held at the event.
    The Sweet Charity planning committee included Newburg Children Museum board members Rose Drain, Martha Edwards, Robin Ziegler, Janet McKean and Judy Fisher.
    Event support was received from the St. James Chamber of Commerce, Country Bob's Cafe, St. James Winery, Three Squirrels Winery, Phelps County Bank, Foods for Health, Kroger and Camp Brim Shire.
    Event volunteers included the Kappa Delta sorority from Missouri S&T, Cathy Davidson, Rachel Eyrtel, Scott Peterson and Clay Coffman.
    "It was an absolutely wonderful event," said Fisher. "We plan to hold our second Sweet Charity fundraiser next year, and look forward to seeing more gorgeous, creative tables, seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
    “The funds raised at this event will go directly to the Newburg Children's Museum to carry on this important work in a small town whose children really need what the museum has to offer,” Fisher said. “We appreciate everyone who designed a table, prepared desserts, bought tickets, volunteered in any way, and supported this new fundraising effort. The community really stepped up to help make the event a success."
    Page 2 of 2 - The Newburg Children's Museum was officially opened on May 18, 2008. It is situated in the two-story annex of the Houston House in Newburg.
    The museum features eight rooms with exhibits and hands-on activities. To fulfill this goal, the concentration is on four relevant domains, namely: earth, water, sky and man.
    The museum, which is open to the public, is supported by donations, and receives no grant funding from state or local government. After-school programs, tours, and special events are held during the museum's operating months of the year.
    The next special event will be the Children's Festival, slated for Saturday, May 3.
    Volunteers are always needed at the Newburg Children's Museum.
    For more information about Newburg Children's Museum, find the museum on Facebook or call 573-762-3077. To be a part of next year's Sweet Charity event, as a table designer or dessert creator, email Robin Ziegler at aprmayaugnov@yahoo.com.

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