Everything is coming together for the annual "Fun Nite for the Nature Center" fundraiser to be held on Saturday evening, April 6, at the Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake Park. Doors will open for the event at 5:30 p.m. for persons to view the auction items.
An "all you can eat" meal will be served at 6:00 p.m.. The meal will be prepared and served buffet style by the staff of "My Mother's Place" of Clutier. No one will go away hungry.
Following the meal at approximately 7 p.m. will be a program "Iowa Success Stories" and will be presented by Robert Weselmann. "Weselmann is well known in Iowa circles as a professional photographer that has a very diverse background in wildlife research." states Bob Etzel, Director, Tama County Conservation Board. "Bob, while having a background as a biology teacher, has also been a member of the Worth County Conservation Board in the past. His presentations are always interesting and entertaining."
“Evening Snowfall- Decorah Eagles” by Larry Zach will be one of many beautiful items in the auction at “Fun Nite for the Nature Center” to be held at the Tama County Nature Center at Otter Creek Lake and Park on Saturday evening, April 6.
The open auction is slated to begin immediately following the program and should start around 8:15 p.m. Marv and Nancy Boldt, Traer, will be running the auction for this year's event. Marv always provides an entertaining auction environment.
Items are still being donated for inclusion in both auctions and usually include everything from wildlife art prints to clothing, bird houses to collector farm toys and decorative waterfowl decoys. The silent auction will include many affordable items and is a lot of fun for all in attendance. "In the past several years the baked goods have become a very fun part of the auction," adds Cathy Wieck, Dysart. "Kolaches, coffee cakes, tea rings and pies have all been donated."
"The auction will include many beautiful items as always," states Gayle Kucera, Traer. "Each year there are lovely items hand-made by local artisans. Folks will also be able to bid on Larry Zach's prints, "Heading for Cover- White tail" and his as yet unreleased print "Evening Snowfall- Decorah Eagles". Limited edition Terry Redlin selections, "Basic Training" and "Campfire Tales" will also be included."
"Everyone is invited to come enjoy the evening and support their Nature Center," adds George Corum of Tama. "It is really neat to see the continued support that residents and friends of Tama County have provided for this project. It is also exciting to see work begin on the educational and beautiful displays for the Nature Center."
Since a dinner is being served ADVANCED TICKET SALES ARE REQUIRED. Tickets can be purchased by calling Bob at the Nature Center office at (641) 484-2231 or evenings at home at (641) 484-5764 or by contacting any of the fundraising committee or conservation board members. Those members are: DYSART: Cathy Wieck; GLADBROOK/GARWIN/LINCOLN AREA: Kory Staff, Kay Lowry, Nathan Wrage; SOUTH TAMA AREA: Allan Atchison, Lana McCool, George Corum, Kory Staff, Bob Etzel, and John Keenan; TRAER/BUCKINGHAM AREA: Carolyn Adolphs and Gayle Kucera; CHELSEA, CLUTIER, VINING, ELBERON: Daryl Bazal and Craig Wise.