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Dear Friend of the Museum,

As I look back on 2020, I will remember a year unlike any other, with unprecedented changes to life routines. I entered the year as a new board member to the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, eager to learn and help. Instead of simply maintaining this pillar in the community, I was part of something more. Allow me to shine a spotlight on this year in review with…
Lights, Camera, Action!

Let’s start with Lights! Much to my surprise, my second board meeting was a conversation about how to keep the lights on. The pandemic hit the museum industry hard. A place where kids come for hands on play was the pinnacle of concern. What started as extra sanitizing, led to closing the indoor space. Fortunately, the museum light switch has dimmed but never turned off. I am confident, that upon reopening to the public, the Lights will be brighter than ever!

Moving to the Camera! Due to the pandemic, our entire society became digital and distanced. The camera was the main tool to attend school, socialize with friends and family, and work. The museum adjusted, offering Mini Monet’s class with Ms. Andrea through Zoom along with virtual science lab, story time, and resource sharing.

Despite dimming lights and increased use of cameras, there was so much positive hands-on Action! Because of you, our generous donors, along with the amazing staff, tremendous volunteers, and dedicated board of directors, we made progress during the pandemic.

  • WinnePLAYgo provided 500 hours of safe, outdoor play.
  • 4,500 education kits and 6,000 mailers were distributed to promote resilience and provide joy.
  • The Flex Auditorium opened to Centerpoint, our first rental partner, and is ready for additional performances.
  • Treffert Way for the Exceptional Mind Charter school moved into museum adapted classrooms to support learning during the pandemic.

We were able to navigate these unprecedented times due to diligence, generosity, and creativity, but the “show” is not over yet. The success of the Annual Appeal is critical to help offset the gap caused by event and group cancellations and the closure of the indoor space.

By donating, you will help the Children’s Museum continue to serve children where they are and safely reopen. Thank you for your consideration, the best is yet to come!

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and Play On!

Keri Twohig
Board of Directors and Annual Appeal Chair

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.

2020 Donors

Major Contributors  $10,000 and above

  • Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Healthcare
  • Fond du Lac Area Foundation
  • FDL Area Foundation, “Society Insurance Charitable Fund”
  • Fond du Lac United Way
  • The Grande Foundation
  • David Herro & Jay Franke
  • Mecury Marine, a Division of Brunswick Corporation
  • Mike Shannon Automotive Foundation, Inc.
  • Mary & Steve Millin
  • Sadoff Family Foundation

Contributors  $5,000 – $9,999

  • FVSBank
  • J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Korb Family Foundation
  • Marlys & Dr. John Welsch
  • Wisconsin Humanities Council

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

  • Altrusa International of Fond du Lac Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Ruth & Rick Bode
  • Bristol Morgan Bank
  • Jane & Michael Downer
  • Fond du Lac Credit Union
  • Fond du Lac School District
  • Jane & Terry Gaffney
  • Ginny & Jim Gilmore
  • Pam Hammond
  • Christina & Dr. AJ Herrera
  • Holiday Automotive
  • Jimmy John’s – Fond du Lac
  • Diane Kippenhan-Vollmer
  • Kiwanis Club of Fabulous Fond du Lac
  • Kleinfeldt Family Fund
  • Christine & Jim Krizenesky Family
  • Lakeside Evening Kiwanis
  • Mayville Engineering Inc.
  • Mid-States Aluminum Corp.
  • Ann & Bruce Muthig
  • Muza Sheet Metals Co., Inc.
  • National Exchange Bank & Trust
  • Andrea & Jeff Nuss
  • Drs. Joanne & Bret Pasiuk
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Lynne & Don Sears
  • Lisa & Michael Shannon
  • Sigma
  • Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C.
  • Katie Kramer-Thanos & Nick Thanos
  • The Charlie & Betty Beardsley Family Fund
  • Together FDL
  • Twohig Flooring America
  • Merrie & Dr. Tim Twohig
  • Verve, a Credit Union

Gifts $999 – $500

  • Anonymous
  • Lauren & Bobby Biolo
  • Lynn Biolo
  • Christine Schiek-Clark & Dr. Dwayne Clark
  • Brittany Dixon
  • Ellison Electric Supply, Inc.
  • Joan & Delmer Flesch Family – In Memory of Delmer Flesch
  • Fond du Lac Morning Rotary Club
  • Gallery & Frame Shop
  • Marianne & Robert Geiger
  • Doris Grajkowski
  • Nancy & Dave Hackbarth – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Hierl: Powered by M3 Insurance
  • Melissa & Mike Hierl
  • Amy & Dr. Dan Johnson
  • Ellen & Doug Kant
  • Toni & Rick Nuss
  • Dr. Shannon & Jason Rathke
  • Tammy & Dr. Todd Sarauer
  • Kristin & Trevor Schwartz
  • Dr. Amy Emmer-Sheldon & Neil Sheldon
  • Jessica & CJ Smith
  • Janet Smith
  • Drs. Elizabeth & Adam Strittmatter
  • Lori Thiel
  • Amy Vanden Hogen & Joe Truesdale
  • Sam & Chris Twohig
  • Steve Victor
  • Tammy & Dr. Jacob Waidelich
  • Julie & Steve Walber
  • Andrea & John Welsch
  • Connie & William Wuske
  • Dr. Barbara Zink

Gifts up to $499

  • Deb & William Abhold – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Latisha & Shannon Abler
  • Adashun Jones Real Estate, Kevin Jones
  • Ahern-Gross Plumbing
  • AmazonSmile Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Susan & Dr. James Avery
  • Jenny & Brian Baker
  • Karen & Richard Baker
  • Elise & Sam Barnhart
  • Krista & Tyler Behling
  • Judith Behnke – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Drs. Sarika & Robert Bertram
  • Judy & James Besson
  • Best Buy
  • Donna Betzold – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Dianne & Jim Bilitz
  • Heather & Marcel Biro
  • Scott Block
  • Bright Futures of Wisconsin
  • Marianne & Mike Bugni
  • Lisa Buhalog
  • Patty & James Burns
  • Amber & Brandon Buss
  • Patricia Butler – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • CD Smith Construction, Inc.
  • Helen & Tom Carew – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Cheryl Clark
  • Hannah Coblentz – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Nici Colwin
  • Congregation of St. Agnes
  • Kathy Cook & Family
  • Merry Damrow – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Mary Davies
  • Barbara Deer
  • Katie DeMarco
  • Cheryl & Greg Dettmann – In Honor of Alex & Logan Dettmann
  • Nicholas Dettmann
  • Clare Ditter
  • Mary Doyle
  • Jane & Michel Downer – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Kelly & Nick Faymoville
  • Lynda & Richard Fields
  • Fisherman’s Road Fishing Club, Inc.
  • Diane & Dr. Doug Fownes
  • Nicole & Neil Gaertig
  • Jane Gaffney – In Memory of Marie Flood
  • Jane Gaffney – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Jane & Terry Gaffney – In Memory of Norm Behnke
  • Jane & Terry Gaffney – In Memory of David Cook
  • Jane & Terry Gaffney – In Memory of Bob Dvorak
  • Jane & Terry Gaffney – In Memory of Scott Reath
  • Michael Gaffney
  • Patricia & Larry Ganzel – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Annette & Darin Garbisch
  • Rouleen Gartner
  • Marianne & Robert Geiger – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Erin & Daniel Gerred
  • Diane & David Giese – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Jo & Scott Gilgenbach
  • Shannon & Chad Goeke
  • Cynthia & Richard Goodman
  • Drs. Brenda & Robert Grass – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Greater FDL Area Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse
  • Judy & Fred Green – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Rebecca & Anthony Gribben
  • Terry & Michael Gross – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Lynda & Ted Harris
  • Sarah & David Haubenschild
  • Karen & Roger Hendrick
  • Anne Henry
  • Jeff Hensley
  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies
  • Sally & Tom Herre
  • Renee Herrick
  • Melissa & Mike Hierl – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Hietpas Family
  • Linda Hoffmann
  • Linda Hoffmann – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Ruth Holstein
  • Patricia Holzinger – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Patricia Holzinger
  • Stephanie & Chris Hopf
  • David Hornung
  • Lori & Bob Hornung
  • Joann & Dan Huck – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Dan Ireland
  • Lisa & Brian Johnson
  • Kathryn & John Johnson – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Nancy Johnston
  • Mary Ann & Bernard Kadow – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Nicole & Ryan Kamphuis
  • Ellen & Doug Kant
  • Maureen Reilly Kenfield – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Paula & Brian Klapperich
  • Melissa & Brian Kolstad
  • Mary & Ken Kreif – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, LLC
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • Dawn Lakin
  • Ruth Levin
  • Danny Lewis
  • Loderhose Family
  • Sheila & Charles Loehr – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Janice & Dr. Stephen Malin
  • Lesley & Pete Manowske
  • Mark Mand Excavating
  • Katie & Tony Mathos
  • Karen & Ron McCreedy
  • JoAnn & Guy McElhaney
  • Theresa & Andrew Menting
  • Barbara & Don Millage
  • Jeanne & Don Miller
  • Katie & Chris Moder
  • Maggie & Matt Moses
  • Amy Nielsen
  • Toni & Rick Nuss – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Julie Poppy & Jeremy Odekirk
  • Pam & Kevin Opperman
  • Katie Osterholm
  • Nancy & Victor Paparazzo
  • Park Ridge Organics
  • Lutti & Nuanchavee Penton
  • Chuck Peterson
  • Cassie & Justin Poirier
  • Ann & Sotiros Polemenakos – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Prairie-Vu-Farm – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Precision Locksmithing, LLC
  • Print-Right!, Kathleen Wagner
  • Rakuten
  • RBC Foundation – USA
  • Anthony Rasmussen Family
  • Michele & Tim Reid
  • Sylvia Remus
  • Richard L. & Ann E. (McCallum) Blamey Family Fund
  • Debra Ristau – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Desirae and Dan Roberts
  • Pat & Greg Roszkowski
  • Mary Rowe-Schmitz
  • Karen & John Ruedinger
  • Nichole & Rob Rusniaczek
  • Jessica & Greg Sabel
  • Elizabeth Sande
  • Virginia Sande
  • Rachel & John Schaeve
  • Patricia & Daniel Schmidt
  • Morgan & Dan Schmidt Jr.
  • Ghislain Schneider Family
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Dr. Robert Schuster
  • Lynne & Don Sears – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Kathleen Sebert – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Linda & Patrick Sharkus – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Stacy & Mike Shedivy
  • Marian Sheridan
  • Silica For Your Home
  • Smith & Hatch Insurance Agency, Inc. – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Janet Smith
  • Barb & Robert Sorensen
  • Sarah Spang
  • Barbara & Ron Spies
  • St. Bernard’s Animal Medical Center
  • LaVerna Stapleton – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Amy Loose & Michael Steer
  • Amy Steiner
  • Marlene Andrews & James Sterns – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Stuart’s Landscaping & Garden Center
  • Tim and Rose Ahern Family Foundation – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Jackie & Gary Thorpe
  • Tobin Machining, Inc.
  • Bobbi & Tom Tobin
  • TJ & Kevin Twohig
  • Ireland & Ryan Twohig
  • Keri & Sean Twohig
  • Carol & Jesse Van Loo
  • Emily & Tim Van Pelt
  • Terese Weiler
  • Andrea & John Welsch – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Marlys & John Welsch – In Honor of Blinds R Us
  • Wendt’s on the Lake, Inc.
  • Dan Weninger
  • Andrea & Jim Westergaard
  • Sara Wild
  • Anna & Joe Wilkum
  • Christa & Clark Williams – In Honor of Andrea Welsch
  • Mary Wright
  • Karen & Mark Wuest
  • Dayna Wurster – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Mary & Jeff Zehren
  • Janice & Robert Zeman
  • Jean & James Ziegler – In Memory of Terry Gaffney
  • Kristin Zitlow

In-Kind

  • 4 Seasons Nail & Wax
  • A&W
  • Action Printing
  • Ahren’s Photography
  • Animal Outfitters
  • Annie’s City Fountain Cafe
  • Art on Artesia
  • Attitude Sports
  • Badger Sports Park
  • Jim Biever
  • Brave Girl Boutique
  • Keywon Brown
  • Carly’s Cartoons
  • Chimera Hobby Shop
  • Christianos Pizza
  • Christine Schiek-Clark & Dr. Dwayne Clark
  • Coliseum
  • Comfort Inn
  • Shannon & Mike Cotton
  • Crafts & Crochet by Mandimae
  • Creatively Renewed
  • Culver’s
  • CW Smith Jewelers
  • Diversions Salon
  • Early Clinic of Chiropractic
  • Faros
  • FDL Kitchens N More, Inc.
  • FIRE Fitness Camp
  • Fond du Lac Cyclery & Fitness
  • Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
  • Fond du Lac Family YMCA
  • Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue
  • Fox Valley Auto Spa
  • FreshFit Cafe
  • Gallery & Frame Shop
  • Gathre
  • Gellings Implement
  • Get Air Trampoline Park
  • Ben Giles
  • Gilles Frozen Custard
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Tiffany & Eric Gurholt
  • Melissa & Mike Hierl
  • Hill Country Goods
  • Hotel Retlaw
  • Jack’s Team Sports
  • Danelle & Todd Jacobs
  • Jennique’s Photography
  • Jet Stream Enterprises, Inc.
  • Jets Pizza
  • Amy & Dr. Dan Johnson
  • Paula & Brian Klapperich
  • Kristmas Kringle Shoppe
  • Krush Nutrition Club
  • Ledgerock Distillary
  • Lillian’s
  • Maple Grove Photography
  • McDonald’s
  • Mojo Hair Studio
  • On the Loos Cruises
  • Partners by Design
  • Pebbles Play & Stay
  • PetSmart
  • Pick ‘N Save
  • Print-Right!, Kathleen Wagner
  • Radisson Hotel
  • ReachOut Books & Solid Grounds Coffee Shoppe
  • Lori & Tony Renning
  • Rolling Meadows Golf Course
  • Rolling Meadows Restaurant
  • Ruff Cuts
  • Kevin Sande
  • Katie & Dr. Jeremy Schinger
  • Tim Schipper
  • Ashley & Brett Schmitz
  • Rose & Dave Schneider
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Semi-Permanent Make-up by Wendy Rose
  • Signarama
  • Sky Nails
  • Sombrero’s Restaurant
  • Dr. Kandipati Sreenivasarao
  • Starbucks
  • Drs. Elizabeth & Adam Strittmatter
  • Patty Strong
  • Street Pedalars
  • Sunset On The Water
  • Texture Salon
  • The Backyard Bar & Grill
  • The Goldsmith
  • The Little Farmer, LLC
  • Jenny & Tim Thompson
  • TJ’s Harbor House
  • Top Shelf & Downtown Deli To Go
  • Victoria’s Pet Nutrition
  • Village Market Specialty Foods
  • WFON-FM, 107.1 The Bull
  • Andrea & John Welsch
  • What’s the Scoop
  • Tessa Williamson
  • Robert Windsor
  • Wink Chiropractic
  • Whispering Springs Golf Course
  • Ziegler Winery
  • Ziggy’s Pub

Corporate Membership

  • Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services