With this lofty goal in mind, a series of fund-raisers ensued. 2003 through 2005 included our first three "Art in the Park" festivals, the Homebuilders Association rebuilt the front porch of the house, and we restored the fountain with our first MRHD grant.
Highlights of subsequent years:
Historic Preservation Commission designation
MRHD grant of $10,000 for outdoor lighting system
Awesome Biker Nights award of $5,505
4th Annual "Art in the Park" & Sioux City Leisure Services Grant for picnic table replacement
All America Band Concert & more picnic tables through Leisure Services
Morningside Lodge #615 sponsored our first July 4th pancake breakfast
Awesome Biker Nights award of $5,615
5th Annual "Art in the Park" & the northeast garden redesign
$750 Junior League grant, matched by Scott Ohlfest, for cleaning & tuckpointing the brick gazebo
MRHD grant for $10,000 to start our underground sprinkler system
2nd Morningside Lodge 4th of July Pancake Breakfast netted almost $900
Awesome Biker Nights June poker run netted $3700
Bill & Dawn Tope ended their 8 year reign as caretakers
Homebuilders Assn. & WIT construction class rebuilt house back porch
6th Annual "Art in the Park" & rejuvenation of landscaping
Underground sprinkler system completed
3rd Annual Morningside Lodge July 4th Pancake Breakfast brought in $1000 +
WEDDINGS, WEDDINGS, WEDDINGS -- our peak year
7th Annual "Art in the Park" netted over $4000 & new caretaker arrived
All-America Band Concert & new Gerkin replacement windows installed by Guarantee Roofing
New commercial-grade mower; outdoor restroom & electrical upgrades
4th Annual Independence Day pancake breakfast & 8th Annual "Art in the Park"
THE BIG ONE -- complete update of the house kitchen, funded by grants -- $10,000 from MRHD, $5000 from Siouxland Community Foundation -- and our annual fundraisers
Projects included repairs to brick gazebo, plaster & lighting repairs to the house interior
Purchase of grounds equipment & development of meditation maze as an Eagle Scout project
5th Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast
WIT Lifelong Learning concert by the Langleys & annual Siouxland Barbershop Concert
9th Annual "Art in the Park"
2012, the 10th year of our organization --
House's main floor powder room renovation, new sidewalk concrete & fountain plumbing upgrades
6th Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast was huge due to Journal's publicity -- $2000 +
More musical concerts & the 10th Annual "Art in the Park"
In 2013 several Park fundraisers took us closer to our house painting goal. We have added many new and valuable volunteers; three dead trees have been removed. The 7th Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by Morningside Lodge #615, was very successful, again netting us more than $2000. Wonderful news -- we have received a grant that allows us to move one huge project into our current timetable -- see the "Bulletin Board" below. The annual barbershop concert saw its biggest crowd ever, and the 11th Annual Art in the Park was well attended on a perfect day, which showcased several new artists. Winning artists were:Jess Elofson - Best of Show
J. Mark Lary - Award of Excellence
Rhonda Wittkop - Award of Excellence
The weather was perfect on the 4th of July for our first fundraiser of the 2014 season; with the help of Morningside Lodge #615 sponsorship, we again held a successful event with almost 400 folks enjoying pancakes in the Park. The barbershop concert was well attended and donors to the Park and the Humane Society were generous. We still have two events to go -- our 12th annual Art in the Park and our first ever "Latham Bark" -- yes, we are going to the dogs!
If anyone has ideas for 2015 fundraisers or wants to sponsor a Park improvement project, please contact us. Our current priority is to repaint the house exterior. Please stay tuned for other ongoing news!