FMAAA annual fundraiser underway

ILLNER GREENE

Pick YOUR Fun raffle tickets on sale at Art Center

BY LORI ILLNER GREENE

FORT MADISON – Pick YOUR Fun is the fall fundraiser for the FMAAA Art Center located at 825 Avenue G, Fort Madison, Iowa running until December 10th, 2021. This fundraiser includes a raffle and themed baskets.

Only 500 Pick YOUR Fun $20 tickets are being sold with chances at over $4500 in prize value including a week-long condo vacation stay (with 2400 destinations to choose from), a 25-person pizza party complete with appetizers courtesy of CoalHaus and their mobile pizza oven, and a private party movie theater experience courtesy of Fox Theater. Or, come by the Art Center to buy $5 chances for themed baskets for a perfect gift-to-self for the winner, or the best-gift-ever for another.

Winners for the baskets and the Raffle will be drawn at 7 p.m. on December 10th during the Member’s Annual Exhibit Reception. 

In October, the FMAAA pivoted away from the large indoor gathering scheduled for what was to be a third attempt to hold the major annual fundraiser that makes up a large portion of the Art Center’s funding needs. The end of September showed a large amount of community spread for Covid in Iowa, and it was decided that 150+ person event was again not appropriate. Instead, the replacement fundraiser hopes to engage with a wider cross-section of the community than would generally attend the Expressions Art Auction. You would have to attend the event to have a chance at obtaining these marvelous items and experiences. 

There are many opportunities for a chance to Pick YOUR Fun. The Art Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we be hosting several other onsite events during the month of November including Lunch ala Art on Friday, November 19th from noon to 1:30 p.m. featuring an artist talk with Jim Topic.

During the Wine Walk, also on the 19th, Hy-Vee will be on site to provide samples of their wares.

Make a point to stop by the Art Center during Mistletoe on Main Street Saturday, November 27th. The FMAAA will have a sandwich luncheon available for take-out along with gift wrapping for purchases made from the Art Center. FINALE, the monthly performance series will be held that evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Join us Friday, December 10th from 5-7 p.m. for the opening of the annual Members’ Art Exhibition. At the end of the evening, the Pick YOUR Fun winning raffle tickets and basket item winners will be drawn and announced.

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