The Dysart Community Building fundraiser has been making great strides, and is continuing toward its goal to raise over $800,000. The city has been raising money and applying for grants so renovations can be completed at both the community building and city park.
Renovations will include the addition of air conditioning at the community building, adding an open-air pavilion to the park and more.
In July, a very special fundraiser was organized by Dysart residents Jackie Hennessy and Pat Hansen. For the past several months, different people including mayor Pam Thiele have been making monthly trips to Des Moines to speak on behalf of Dysart and apply for grants. In April, Jackie and Pat went along with the mayor, and on the way home they spent their time brainstorming ideas of how to raise more money.
Both women remembered that they had attended a wonderful luncheon at a local church, and the idea was born - they decided to host a themed luncheon at the community building. Volunteers were able to donate money to reserve a table for themselves and up to eight friends. They were all encouraged to pick a theme and decorate their table.
All the wonderful imaginations of Dysart residents came to life with the beautiful themed tables. Virtually every theme was represented, from 4th of July to Christmas, Iowa State Cyclones to a garden party, formal to casual and many, many more.
Guests began arriving around 10:30 a.m. and there was plenty to check out. Attendees were walking around, chatting and looking at all the beautiful tables. There were mimosas for donation as well as a raffle prize. Six raffle tickets cost just five dollars, and all proceeds from the entire event went directly to the community building fund.
Mayor Pam Thiele spoke at the luncheon as well. She took everyone on a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about all the things that the community building has been used for over the years. There have been countless school dances, wedding receptions, card clubs, recitals and more. The building is used for voting and also houses the Dysart Police Department.
One interesting fact pointed out by Mayor Thiele was that original funding for the building began in 1936 and it only took six months to raise the funds. The construction began in early 1937, and by July 30th of that year, the building was complete.
The door prize winners were Phyllis Dunlap, Aubri Hansen, Dottie Riepe, Cindi Karr, Dee Roseke, Marcia Knupp, Jean Karpisek, Marcy Knaack, Vie Flesher and Doris Parizek, who all took home $10 Dysart Dollar gift cards, donated by the Dysart Development Corporation.
Raffle prizes were also handed out, with the metal sculpture won by Pat Karr, a wine and assorted dip basket won by Barb Weiben, and a random assortment basket donated by the Blue Hats won by Sharleen Overton. There were also beautiful handmade place mats won by Pat Karr, and a cement candle holder and plant won by Cheryl Korte.
To donate to the project, mail a check or cash to the City of Dysart, Dysart City Hall, 601 Wilson St., PO Box 686, Dysart, IA 52224. All donations are tax deductible.