Volunteers are lifeblood of Freshwater Society

Diane Lynch,
development director

Thanks to you, we can count our Second Annual Ice OUT/Loon IN party and fund-raiser a success! Two hundred of you – members and friends of the Freshwater Society — joined us at the Lafayette Club on April 12, to celebrate spring and support Freshwater’s work.

Joan Nephew, left, Rosa Strandemo and Blyth Berg Brookman
IceOut guest Rosa Strandemo, center, Freshwater
Executive Director Joan Nephew, left, and
Blyth Berg Brookman, Development Committee chair.

Fund-raisers are time-consuming and expensive, so we have to rely upon volunteers and donations.

We had an energetic group of eight volunteers led by Blyth Berg Brookman, our Development Committee chair, who started planning in October 2011.

Mosaic and Pentair generously became platinum and gold corporate sponsors. Their support allowed us to book a great venue and provide guests with terrific food choices.

The Lafayette Club provided the food and the venue at a modest cost. Music was provided at no charge by Rhubarb Vaselino, a band organized by Freshwater Board Chair, Tom Skramstad. The band’s name comes from a character that Stan Laurel played in a 1922 movie, “Mud and Sand.”

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Minnesota Public Radio meteorologist Paul Huttner, emceed the evening’s events, including our loon-calling contest, with aplomb. Guests drifted through rows of silent auction items, 150 in all, ranging from gift baskets, to a Colorado ski condo and a boat slip on Lake Minnetonka.

We thank all of our silent auction donors and give a special thanks to our board volunteers and staff who added their own silent auction items to the mix.

Planning will begin in the fall for our Third Annual Ice OUT/Loon IN to be held at the Lafayette Club on Thursday, April 11. If you are interested in volunteering to plan and put on this fun event, or if you want to volunteer to help with other aspects of our important work, please contact me, Diane Lynch.

Email me or call 952-314-8134.