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Old-fashioned dinner is success

November 29, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Nearly 300 men, women and children attended Prairie Village Museum's Old-Fashioned Holiday Dinner, Bake Sale and Gift Basket Bidding on Nov. 22 at the Rugby Eagles Club.

Mrs. Claus (Sheryl Cameron) made a surprise appearance with Santa (Jim Cameron), adding extra festivity to the third annual holiday dinner-fundraiser hosted by the Geographical Center Historical Society and Friends of Prairie Village Museum. Proceeds from the event - including historical society memberships, donations, and event sponsorships - hit nearly $5,000.

"The historical society board and Friends of the Museum were thrilled with the attendance," said Cathy Jelsing, museum executive director. "We couldn't have asked for a more generous, supportive crowd."

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Eldon Borgen (vocals), Carol Braaten (vocals), Arlene Johnson (guitar) and sing at the Prairie Village Museum’s Old-Fashioned Holiday Dinner.

Many in attendance bought raffle tickets to support the museum and have a chance at gift baskets and other prizes from local businesses.

It was the last event of the season for Prairie Village Museum. This year's museum attendance was approximately 4,020 - up about 140 over last year - but admissions supply only part of the funds required to operate the museum.

"The historical society relies on fundraisers, donations, a Pierce County mill levy and membership dues to support general operations," Jelsing said, "so having a great turnout last Friday was important and much appreciated."

Live music was provided by Carol Braaten (piano), Arlene Johnson (guitar) and Eldon Borgen (vocals.)

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