10 Reasons to Attend the MCMC Foundation Gala on November 16th!
By Carrie Zens, Marketing Manager
We are edging in on our MCMC Foundation’s 8th Annual Fall Gala. There is a lot to do in the next few weeks and we are pumped! We have changed things up a lot this year, from a new venue to casual attire. We look forward to bringing our Murray County community together for a great cause and to honor our heroes.
Here are 10 reasons to attend this year’s overhauled Gala. We hope you can steal away on Friday, November 16th to Iona and join us for an evening to remember!
1. Support Quality Cardiac Rehab Services Right Here in Murray County.
The main goal of the MCMC Foundation is to raise money for needed capital expenditures to enhance patient care here in our community. We are lucky to have Cardiac Rehabilitation services right here in Slayton. And getting a new exercise bike and treadmill will benefit many cardiac patients and allow us to be on the cutting edge of exercise equipment and reporting technology.
2. Honor Murray County Fire Fighters—Our Local Heroes Who Run Towards Danger.
We are so thankful for the approximately 150 men and women who step up, serve and are the first to arrive on scene at disasters here in Murray County. Join us in recognizing the hard work and dedication of the following fire departments: Chandler, Currie, Dovray, Fulda, Iona, Lake Wilson and Slayton. All fire fighters and their guests receive honoree pricing. Please contact Nikki Johnson at 507.836.1295 for tickets!
3. Dueling Pianos All Request Show—Need We Say More!
We are very excited to have Dueling Duo from Sioux Falls provide us with several hours of unstoppable energy with their all request show! Andy, Ryno and Dan have performed more than 1,000 shows in 8 states and show no signs of stopping any time soon!
4. Beer Tasting With Brau Brothers. Yes Please.
We’re expanding our tasting this year and have invited Brau Brothers from Marshall to provide a complimentary beer tasting of their amazing brew. We will also have some great wine tasting options and yummy snacks as you sample the night away!
5. No Need to Dress Up—Casual Attire is an Order!
The MCMC Foundation’s Fall Gala is known for its elegance and need to bust out the dressy, and possibly limited options of your wardrobe. Not this year! Please come dressed casual—blue jeans are the dress code! We want you to be comfortable, unwind and have fun!
6. VanBully’s is VanDelicious.
Carrie Van Dyke will bring her usual ‘A-Game’ with a delicious buffet style dinner including chicken and gravy, short ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans and a salad. The MCMC Foundation is grateful to have Carrie as a board member!
7. Hello Iona…
We are changing it up this year and will be at St. Columba in Iona to allow us more space for our fire fighters and Dueling Duo request show. We’re excited to transform the space for our fire fighter honorees. We have some fun ideas in store!
8. DJ Cody to the Rescue!
DJ Cody will be on hand to provide us musical tunes and an energetic atmosphere during the silent auction, beer/wine tasting and dinner.
9. Items That May Cause a Fight or Two to Ensue.
Luckily, we will have medical staff on site in case things get out of hand! Ha! If you are a sports nut, hunter, gambler or foodie, you will not be disappointed! Our silent auction is filled with regional and local delights.We are super grateful for the following donors: Casey’s General Store, Chandler Co-Op, Corner Salon, Crayola Experience, Creative Three Realty, Grand Falls Casino, Ground Round Worthington, Jackpot Junction, Karen Schmitz, Midwest Supply, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, Persona Clothing Co, Prairie’s Edge Casino, Science Museum, Sioux Falls Sports–Stampede, Sky Zone, Slayton Vet Clinic, The Hut Gift Shoppe, Washington Pavilion, 507 Designs and many more!
10. Safety First With JOYRIDE.
We want everyone to have a good time, and most importantly be safe. Murray County Towards Zero Death (TZD) Safe Roads Coalition members are offering good times delivered with their JOYRIDE Program. Free rides will be available to attendees following the event.
Let’s celebrate the gem that is Murray County and everything we have to be thankful for—from our volunteer fire fighters to a medical facility that provides more services than one can count on two hands and two feet. We promise fun, laughs, great food, drink and music as we give to ensure the best care, close to home, if or when you need it.
Date: Fri, Nov 16
Where: St. Columba Hall, Iona
Full Event Tickets: $50
Dueling Duo Tickets Only: $25
Fire Fighter Honoree Pricing: $25
Ticket Contact:Nikki Johnson at 507.836.1295 or contact a board member: Sarah Biren, James Jens, Justin Keller, Connie McNab, Mary Perry, Karen Schmitz, Carrie Van Dyke, Kevin Vickerman or Carrie Zens
LEGACY DONATION MAKES IMPROVEMENTS AT LIME LAKE PARK IN AVOCA POSSIBLE
Maynard Larson, a former Murray County Commissioner, continued to serve the citizens of the county after he left public service by leaving a legacy for the future. In 1989, Maynard and Viola Larson donated $20,000 to the County with the stipulation that it not be spent for at least 25 years, at which time the Murray County Board of Commissioners could determine how best to spend the donation on a county park project. In the meantime, the interest earned on the money could be used for miscellaneous park improvements. It was decided to dedicate the funds to a project at Lime Lake Park as the Larsons lived in the Avoca area for the majority of their life together. This past spring and summer, Murray County used the $20,000 to install new bathrooms and upgrade the picnic shelter at the park. This fall, an engraved rock was placed at the park to recognize Maynard and Viola Larson’s donation, which made these improvements to the park possible.
We hope that Lime Lake Park users have enjoyed these recent improvement. We know that there has been more camping at the park since the improvements were made. And we are grateful to the Larsons, whose legacy lives on!
Questions regarding this project, Lime Lake Park, or other Murray County parks can be directed to Justin Hoffmann, 507-836-1195 or email@example.com.
Murray County Christmas Project
The Murray County Christmas Project is again providing toys and gifts to children (12 & under) in Murray County.
Items needed are new toys, gifts, stocking caps and mittens. Monetary donations will be used to buy these items. All checks should be made payable to: Murray County Christmas Project/SRDC. Donations can be dropped at Slayton Shoe Repair, local banks in Murray County or sent to Murray County Christmas Project, Box 111, Slayton, MN 56172.
All donations for the Murray County Christmas Project are greatly appreciated.
Dinehart Lunchbox Lectures Slated For Another Season
The Murray County Historical Society is excited to sponsor another interesting speaker series for the 2018-19 season of Lunchbox Lectures and invites everyone to attend. The first in the series is Thursday, November 15th at noon. All talks are presented at noon in the Murray County 4-H building on the county fairgrounds in Slayton.Participants are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the presentations. The cost is $3.00 or free for Historical Society members. Coffee, tea, or cocoa is provided.
This year’s series has a couple of new faces. Local historian, Jessie James, is kicking off the series with the story of the Irish American Colony near Currie. James, of the Shetek area, has researched and presented on the Irish American Colony for several years. A retired English teacher with a penchant for history, James lives at the site of the original Phineas and Alomina Hurd cabin on Lake Shetek. He hasspent many hours researching topics like the Lake Shetek Calamity of 1862, and the history of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the pageant that carries her name.
Nov.15, 2018— The Irish American Colony, Jessie James, Garvin, MN
Jan. 10, 2019—The History of Golf in the Murray County Region,
J. Timmerman, Lake Wilson, MN
Feb.14, 2019—Memoir of Working in the US Capitol– Christy Riley, Brewster, MN
March 14, 2019—German POW Camps in SW Minnesota, Colleen Gengler, Slayton
April 11, 2019—Korea: The Forgotten Warriors, Gary Kass, Balaton, MN
For more information on this or other programs contact Janet Timmerman, 507-836-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org