Letters (June 3, 2009)

MYAC grateful for community support


The Marion Youth Activity Committee wishes to send its gratitude to the Marion community and surrounding residents.

On May 23, the committee held the first, and hopefully annual, art auction called ?Art at the Elgin? to benefit the effort to develop a youth center for the youth in the area.

The monetary outcome was over $1,500 and will be matched by the Thrivent Foundation, with the ending balance of $3,000 to go toward the purchase of the building for the youth center.

We would like to thank Jim Cloutier, owner of the Elgin. His willingness to allow our group to have this special event in his beautifully remodeled bed and breakfast ballroom, made the event elegant and created an atmosphere the donated art items inspired.

His daughter, Blythe, worked hard preparing for the arrival of the art. Without their help and inviting attitudes the auction would not have had such a elegant personality.

The following people have our greatest appreciation for all of their help. Lyle Leppke gave his time and talent as an auctioneer; we feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful person volunteering his time.

Jim Versch, high school art instructor, was very good about taking on the task of the chair painting. The chair artist showed the community just how great a teacher he is.

Jan Davis, elementary and middle school art teacher, helped gather art from her students. All this extra work was done on top of their regular duty of the school year.

We would like to thank every student who donated his or her art work for the silent auction. We want to thank each high school senior who created the chair art and willingly donated his or her work.

All of you made a difference for the art auction and really let people see the talents of the young artist in the Marion area. We were all amazed with what was presented and sold at the auction.

There are too many area artists to name; however, we want to share our appreciation for each person who donated a piece of art. There were oil paintings, watercolors, copper pieces, woodcarvings, wood crafts and many more. We were amazed by how art pieces that were given for the event but not by the openness to give.

The Marion community is a strong, caring and welcoming one, and we are proud to be a part of it.

Thank you.

Brandi Hendrix for MYAC


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