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Mt Pulaski Courthouse 0000()undation Holds Annum Meeting Fundraising Plans for Abe's Million and Events Discussed The Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation (MPCF) held its third annual meeting Jan. 3, 2015. Chairman Tom Martin greeted everyone acknowledging that the agenda this year is differ- ent. "We have come a long way" since the first planning meeting in the spring of 2011 "when Wally, Barbara and I met to sign the initial papers. We know who we are now." Since the "Roll Out" of the Abe's Million Cam- paign on Dec. 16,2014, the focus of the Founda- tion Board has been and will be the raising of Abe's Million. Treasurer Doug Johnson reported that the balance of the Foundation funds is $309, 600.50, due largely to the huge bequest left by Waldo and Rosalie Bertoni, which had been received in July, 2014, and other donations by individuals and foundations. Serious structural problems with the Court- house roof and the courtroom beams were iden- tified in February of 2014. As a result, he State's Illinois Historic Preservation agency (IHPA) and the Illinois Capitol Development Board have examined the building and have begun tO move forward on needed repairs. As it stands now, the State will match $750,000 of our funds and pay any costs for serious structural and other prob- lems beyond $1,500,000. When the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation raises the last $250,000 of Abe's Million, the funds will be used for some smaller repairs not on IHPA's list. Then the Foundation could move into Phase Two which involves possibly creating a Visitor Center which would enhance economic development in Mt. Pulaski. When introducing the subject Of election of Bbard Members, Tom Martin announced that Jo Richner had resigned from the Board in Decem- ber. He proposed Julie Wubben to fill the last two years of Jo's term. All approved. The three board Members whose first terms were com- plete were Tom Martin, Wally Kautz and Phyllis Beccue. Both Tom and Wally agreed to be re- elected. Phyllis consented to re-election on the condition that the Board replaces her as soon as possible with someone younger. The Board then looked ahead to 2015. The first Abe's Million Fundraising event is a buffet dinner and evening of Jazz at the Old Brickyard on January 24, 2015. The dinner costs $15 and there will beraffles and donation opp0rmnitie s through-out the evening. In Februar the Mt Pulaski Courthouse Foun- dation will celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Kathryn M. Harris will portray Harriet Tubman. There will be crafts, refreshments and the Lincolns. (see related arti- cle in this paper). In the summer there may be a 167th Birthday Party for the Courthouse itself. In September, the theme for Fall Festival will be the Courthouse. MPCF is working with Community Pride and the city in a possible collaboration for a concert fun- draiser affa part of Fall Festival. In October, the MPCF will give the community a Haunted Courthouse. In December the Wash- ington Street Merchants will sponsor a Christ- mas Home Tour which will be a benefit for Abe's Million. There will also be a Christmas Tree Auc- tion at the Courthouse to raise funds for Abe's Million. Other events probably will emerge as the year proceeds. Tom Martin and Doug John- son will be meeting with small groups and with individuals whenever they can. As the plans stand now, the desperately needed repairs on the courtroom beams and the Court- house roof could begin in April. The Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation has established anew website at mountpulaskihis- from which everyone can learn about the Courthouse and leam what the next plans are. Donations of any amount may be made through the website as well. Tom Martin noted that if we can get 100 people to give $5000 that is $500,000. If another 1000 people give $1000 that is another $100,000. That leaves $150,000 to be raised from grants and every other gift people choose to give, in order to com- plete Abe's Million. No gift is too small. The Mt, Pulaski Courthouse Foundation plans to continue to work on raising money until Abe's Million is complete. Submitted By - Barbara Stroud Borth - Secretary, Mt. Pulaski Courthouse Foundation Over 30 Years Experience General Contracting Professional Tvi Home Tra Commitment F " Dndl  Ued License # t04- 008527 Ray Inman 454-3090 42 na Lake Fork Community Center sale is Saturday March 28. Last year - as always - there were some great items for sale. This cast iron side of a school desk was of interest. An ear of corn and an inspirational message "Knowledge is power". Eye catching is how they "fit" in the word knowledge. /'[10U... ...available at Salt Creek Attic. Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski; Illinois 62548. 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