Category Archives: Fund Raiser

Shannon and James Sydik Win Silent Auction

The lovely old barrister’s bookcase which was in the library building (former bank building) for many years found a new home with Shannon and James Sydik, whose bid won the silent auction.

We are grateful that the bookcase has a new home and that the library has the funds for a more appropriate bookcase – and some books to fill it up! Thank you, Shannon and James.

NEW MINIMUM for RENEWED Silent Auction Fundraiser

April 6 through May 10, 2014 LOWERED MINIMUM
To raise funds for books and other library collection materials.
Front Lawyer small
Antique 5-section Barrister’s Oak Bookcase, EXCELLENT CONDITION. The top 3 sections and the bottom section open and close by lifting and sliding in a slot and all work smoothly. The 4th section from the top (Globe-Wernicke Co.) works on crossed metal bands which need minor adjustment to work smoothly. The finish is excellent.
Labels inside the sections (on the back walls) read, top to bottom section:
Macey 98
Macey 910 / FINISH 2
Macey 910
The Globe-Wernicke Co.
Size D-10 1/4 Grade 299
Macey 912

The bookcase is available for inspection at the library.

Bids are due in writing, either hand-delivered to the Library before 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, or postmarked by May 8, 2014. Include bidder’s contact information (name, address, phone number(s), email, etc.) and the amount of the bid. Winner will be announced and notified May 12, 2014.

Minimum bid accepted: $500. Cash only; buyer must pick up the bookcase at the library. Receipt for winning bid’s amount over the minimum will be for tax-deductible contribution to the library.

Salad Luncheon/Quilt Raffle – Once Again, SUCCESS!

The Oct. 12, 2013 Salad Luncheon/Style Show/Quilt Raffle netted $2086.58 for the library this year. Sales outdid last year — $1151 for raffle tickets and $1329.04 for luncheon tickets. Expenses totaled $393.46 (hall rental and sandwich meats and buns).

Guests arrived at 11:00 and enjoyed touring the room to see the table decorations. Members of the Woman’s Club decorated the tables (except for two decorated by a local Red Hat Ladies group) and each was unique. Members also contributed two salads each (one protein, one vegetable or dessert salad), quick breads, and their time in setting up for the event, making the sandwiches, and making and serving beverages. Our special thanks to Woman’s Club Officers Michelle Gerdes, Jan Hygnstrom, Cheryl Ludvik, and Cheryl Rieck, kitchen coordinator Jean Ohnoutka, and to all the members who together did everything from planning and coordinating the work to making and selling tickets.

Members and their daughters and granddaughters modeled clothes the Vickerage furnished – as it has every year since 1988! Models included Jean Ang, Becky Gould, Harriet Gould, Jean Lentz, LuAnn Maly, Sara Martin, Leonita Masek, Alyce Matulka, Lexi Matulka, Diane Matulka, Samantha Matulka, Erma Nord, Malorie Paxton, Cheryl Rieck, and Monica Tvrdy

Before and during breaks in the show, Mistress of Ceremony Harriet Gould announced winners of the many door prizes furnished by businesses and local residents. The final event was the drawing for the quilt, which Don Suchy of Valparaiso won.


Our thanks to Shannon Sydik for taking photos of the event. You can see her photos of the tables and many of the guests and Style Show models AND OF THE QUILT at this link:

Shannon Sydik’s photos:

Our thanks also to Mary Buresh for acquiring the door prizes and to the many prize donors:

  • A Rustic Place BeautiControl — Gift Certificate and Candle
  • Benes Heating and Air — Portable Jump Starter
  • Burger King — Meal Cards
  • Carlos O’Kelly’s — Gift Certificates
  • Char’s — Gift Certificate/Sinus Pillow
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar — Gift Certificates
  • Cici’s Pizza — Gift Certificate
  • Classic Kitchens — Towel Set
  • Cornhusker Bank — Fall Blankets
  • Cuts and More — Fall Decorations/Bag
  • Dairy Queen — Gift Certificates
  • Don & Millie’s — Meal Cards
  • Ernie’s of Ceresco — Queen Sheet Set
  • Famous Dave’s — BBQ Sauces and Seasonings
  • Harry’s Restaurant — Dinner Certificate
  • Hy-Vee — Gift Card
  • Juice Stop — Gift Certificates
  • Lazlo’s — Gift Card
  • Martin’s Hillside Orchard — Apples
  • Mill Road Auto Service — Gift Certificates
  • Nelson Oil — Necklace
  • Oak Creek Valley Bank — Gift Certificate
  • Oak Valley Lumber — Food Storage Set
  • Olive Garden — Gift Card
  • Randolph Car Wash — Gift Certificates
  • Raymono’s Pizza Plus — Gift Certificates
  • Red Lobster — Gift Certificates
  • Runza — Meal Cards
  • Shear Paradise – Hair Care Products
  • Skeeter Barnes – Gift Card
  • Starbucks — Coffee/Gift Basket
  • Texas Roadhouse — Gift Certificates
  • TreeHouse Daycare — Double Easel
  • Tvrdy’s One Stop — Candle
  • Val Market — 12 pack of Pop
  • Val Tavern — Dinner Certificate
  • Valparaiso Woman’s Club — Cookbooks
  • The Vickeridge — Gift Certificates/Jewelry

If you attended this year’s event, we look forward to seeing you again next year. If you didn’t attend, plan to join us next October. Watch this space for the date!


Tickets on Sale NOW for Salad Luncheon/Style Show/Quilt Raffle Oct. 12

Stop by the Library or the Bank for tickets for this year’s Salad Luncheon ($7 each) and Quilt Raffle ($1 each or 6 for $5). Woman’s Club members also have tickets to sell.

This annual event, held at Valparaiso’s American Legion, is the main fund raiser for library materials, sponsored by the Valparaiso Woman’s Club. Member Jean Ang once again made a GORGEOUS quilt for the raffle. There also will be lots of door prizes — and a really fine lunch, with dozens of different salads, sandwiches, and sweet breads. Club members and their daughters and granddaughters are the models for the style show, which features clothes from Lincoln’s The Vickerage.

Style Show Photos

Janice Beard, daughter of long-time Woman’s Club member Jean Lentz, took scads of wonderful photos of the Oct. 13 Style Show/Salad Luncheon/Quilt Raffle fund raiser for the library. You can see all of them at this link:

Here are the highlights:

The quilt, made and contributed by Jean Ang: 

The door prizes, contributed by many local and area merchants and individuals:

The library’s table (each table individually decorated by members):

Lunch (salads, sandwiches, sweetbreads all provided by members):

Style Show ( member Jean Lentz was one of the dozen models):







Style Show Salad Luncheon Oct. 13 — Buy Tickets NOW!!

Tickets for the October 13 Style Show Salad Luncheon and for the Quilt Raffle are on sale now at the library and at the Oak Creek Valley Bank. Members of the Woman’s Club also have tickets to sell. Support the library and buy your tickets now! Funds raised go entirely to the library, to buy books and other materials.

Luncheon tickets are $7.00. Quilt raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. As usual, the quilt, made and donated by Jean Ang, is gorgeous.

The luncheon features a huge variety of salads, made and contributed by members of the Valparaiso Woman’s Club, along with sweet breads and other treats. The Vickerage in Lincoln supplies the clothes, which members of the club model during the luncheon. Local businesses and individuals donate many, many items for door prizes.

The luncheon is at noon on Saturday Oct. 13th. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., to allow time for everyone to look at all the tables — each one uniquely decorated by one of the members of the Woman’s Club.

Support the Library — Join Valparaiso Woman’s Club

Valparaiso Woman’s Club is the Library’s Friends group, and without its support we would not be buying so many new books and other materials. If you’re a woman who lives within driving distance, join up and help! Just come to a meeting and ask to add your name to the membership list.

The club meets monthly September through May, every 3rd Thursday after the 3rd Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center — except in December, when the meeting is a party, and in October, when the club puts on the annual Style Show Salad Luncheon Quilt Raffle to raise funds for the library.

Annual dues are still, after all these years, $2.00. The club’s address/phone/program book costs $.50. Members also chip in change for a flower/card fund and contribute to the annual community soup supper fund raiser for charities which is Jan. 25 this year, at the Legion.

Talent Show raises money for Summer Reading

Last night’s Talent Show raised $149.00 for the 2012 Summer Reading program. Many thanks to all those who participated — and to those who attended, for your generosity. If you weren’t there, you missed a good show! Many thanks also to Brad and Jeanne Andelt for donating the room for the show and for providing good food for those who came for supper.
The acts included:
  • Sydnie Blanchard,  Ceresco – acrobatics
  • Alex Schon, Val, electric guitar
  • Jackie Sterns, Val, comedy (really funny jokes)
  • Helen Andelt and Francis Holley, Val, flute and saxaphone duet
  • Mary and Helent Andelt and Francis Holley, singing trio
  • Jacob Bordovsky, Hurdy Gurdy (made it as well as played it)
  • Glenn and Susan Ledder, Lincoln, songs accompanied by guitar, violin, and keyboard


Talent Show This Saturday 6:30

Please come to the Talent Show this Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Harry’s Restaurant, right next door to the library. Adults and kids will entertain you with a variety of acts, visiting items from the Dream Rocket art project will be on display to inspire you to create your own art for that project, and the event is sure to be a lot of fun. There’s no admission fee — but we will gratefully accept free will donations to support the 2012 Summer Reading Program.

Harry’s also will offer a low cost spaghetti buffet, starting at 6:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy a good meal — then stay and participate and/or applaud the acts.

Talent Show Fund Raiser December 10. Come one, Come all! Eat, Play, Give.

Mark your calendar for the DREAM BIG TALENT SHOW Saturday, December 10, 2011,  at Harry’s Restaurant in Valparaiso — 6:30 p.m. in the east room. A spaghetti buffet will be available from 6:00 p.m. Some of the Dream Rocket art will be on display, too.

The show is in support of  Valparaiso Public Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Program, Dream Big! Please attend. Bring your family and friends. Free will donations to the library will be gratefully accepted.

We’re LOOKING for TALENT, too. Can you or your group sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Juggle? Give a dramatic presentation? Put on a skit? Do impressions? Tell jokes? Have some other special talent? Individuals and groups are welcome to participate.

SIGN UP NOW. Call Maria (Val Library Director) at 784-0321 with your name, phone number, and what you plan to do.