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Dear Friend of the Museum,

At an early age, my son was a puzzle kid. He was drawn to solving problems and brain games, so puzzles, chess, and Rubik’s cubes were his toys of choice. He grew up at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac… exploring, learning, creating and celebrating birthdays.  Now a high schooler, he spent his summer back at the museum sharing his skills in Mind Puzzles, a class ignited by his passion.  

Puzzles and brain games require persistence, patience and practice.  Puzzles are creative and collaborative and when you stick with it, the end result is inspiring. As I reflect back on this year, it truly was a puzzle and our museum has been inspiring! I am proud to have been a part of it.

At first when the doors closed in 2020 and we were no longer that family destination, we questioned how our piece of the puzzle fit in the greater community. I am proud to say that we quickly pivoted. Using creativity, collaboration and sticking to our mission, we picked up the pieces and re-opened to the general public in March 2021, better than before. We learned we are a vital part of the Fond du Lac puzzle in many ways:

  • As an Educational Site
  • As a Community Resource
  • As an Advocate for Children
  • And of course, as a Local Destination

Re-opening the doors and returning to be a destination of joy and playfulness was a welcomed sight. For many of our families, CMFDL was the missing piece to their puzzle.

The community response has been tremendous and we continue to welcome families back and work towards our goal of surpassing our record-high 2019 numbers.

We were able to navigate these unprecedented times BECAUSE OF YOU! With your continued help, we will reach more children and families than ever before at a time when they need it most. We are a necessary piece of the puzzle to help children heal, learn and grow so that they can be   a part of a community that we are all proud of.

Our post pandemic landscape is not the same because we have grown into a better picture.  Our picture is wider and shows more connection to the community.  While some of our revenue is generated through admissions and membership, most comes from donations from individuals and businesses. By donating to this year’s annual appeal, you will be helping the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac continue to make a positive impact on our community.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Keri Twohig

Annual Appeal Chair and President-Elect

Contributions can also be made by sending a check to CMFDL (75 W. Scott Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935), or by calling 920-929-0707.

2021 Donors

Major Contributors  $10,000 and above

  • Agnesian Healthcare, a member of SSM Health
  • Efroymson Family Fund c/o Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Fond du Lac Area United Way
  • David Herro
  • Barbara and Peter Stone Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Mike Shannon Automotive Foundation, Inc.
  • The Grande Foundation

Contributors  $5,000 – $9,999

  • Fond du Lac Area Foundation “Society Insurance Charitable Fund”
  • J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Sadoff Family Foundation

Movers & Shakers Gifts  $1,000 – $4,999

  • Altrusa International of Fond du Lac
  • Charity Club, Inc.
  • Jane and Michael Downer
  • Ellison Electric Supply
  • Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund
  • Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club
  • Jane Gaffney
  • Pam and Todd Hammond
  • Hierl Holdings Fund c/o Fond du Lac Area Foundation
  • Kleinfeldt Family Fund
  • Lakeside Evening Kiwanis
  • M.R. Metzger Family Foundation
  • Kevin and Connie Michels Family Foundation
  • Lori Renning
  • Mid-States Aluminum Foundation Inc.
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Service League of Fond du Lac
  • James Thomas
  • Verve, a Credit Union
  • Andrea and John Welsch
  • Whealon Towing & Service, Inc.

Gifts $999 – $500

  • Altrusa International Foundation of Fond du Lac
  • Dr. Amy Emmer-Sheldon and Neil Sheldon
  • Joan & Delmer Flesch Family – In Memory of Delmer Flesch
  • Fond du Lac Credit Union
  • Hierl: Powered by M3 Insurance
  • Gallery and Frame Shop
  • Marianne Geiger
  • Ginny and Jim Gilmore
  • Doris Grajkowski
  • Diane Kippenhan-Vollmer
  • Dick Kleinfeldt
  • Jerianne and Alan Kraus
  • Ann Muthig
  • Todd Sarauer
  • Amy Vanden Hogen and Joseph Truesdale
  • Diane Kippenhan-Vollmer
  • Steven Victor

Gifts up to $499

  • Ahern-Gross Plumbing
  • AmazonSmile Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Jenny and Brian Baker
  • Rick and Karen Baker
  • James Baumhardt – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Ann and Richard Blamey
  • Lauren and Bobby Biolo
  • Lynn Biolo
  • Donna and Gregory Braatz
  • Rachael and Keywon Brown
  • Lisa Buhalog
  • Helen and Thomas Carew
  • Dr. Dwayne Clark and Christine Schiek
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  • Kathy Cook
  • Whitney and Albert Curl
  • Paul Czisny – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Clare and Harry Ditter
  • FDL CNTY Democratic Party – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Mary Doyle
  • Evelyn Doylen
  • Charles “Chuck” Fields
  • Lynda Fields
  • Casey French
  • Jane Gaffney – In Memory of Marie Flood
  • Diane and Dr. Doug Fownes
  • Erin Gerred
  • Neil and Nicole Gaertig
  • Cassandra and Andy Gewiss
  • The Groneng Family
  • Nancy Hackbarth
  • Becky and Ronald Helmeid
  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies
  • Sally Herre – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Thomas and Sally Herre
  • Ruth Holstein
  • David Hornung
  • Dan Ireland
  • Nancy Johnston
  • Kevin and Lindsey Jones
  • Doug and Ellen Kant
  • David and JoAnn Klumpyan
  • Melissa and Brian Kolstad
  • Kurki Funeral Chapel and Crematory
  • Katie and Tony Mathos
  • Amy Meyer-Bremer- In memory of of Arlene Pribnow
  • Mary and Steve Millin
  • Rick and Toni Nuss
  • Katie and Paul Osterholm
  • Beth Welsh and Chuck Peterson
  • Precision Locksmithing
  • Print-Right!, Kathleen Wagner
  • Rakuten
  • Shannon Rathke
  • Rebecca and Patrick Ries
  • Debra Ristau – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Virginia Sande
  • Rose Schneider
  • Trevor and Kristin Schwartz
  • Marian Sheridan
  • Barbara Spies
  • Jessica and CJ Smith
  • Sharon Stormo – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Silica for Your Home
  • Barb and Bob Sorenson
  • The Benevity Community Impact Fund
  • The GoodCoin Foundation
  • Keri Twohig
  • Sam and Chris Twohig
  • Andrea and Jim Westergaard
  • Clark and Christa Williams


  • Holiday Moving, LLC
  • Ledgerock Distillery
  • Mountain Dog Media
  • Sophia Transformative Leadership Partners
  • Ruth McGinnis
  • Amee & Elizabeth Ciardo