Fine Arts Plaza - Donor Spotlights

Gilpin Family - A Tradition of Giving

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Following the Gilpin family tradition of giving to the Friends of the Bowlus, Inc., Karen and Jim donated $3,000 to the plaza project very early on - in late 2015. Last year after their names were drawn as cash price winners for a Rotary organization fundraiser, they directed the not-for-profit to send another $1,000 of their winnings to the Friends. "The plaza project on the east side really looks great and will greatly improve access," Jim said. "I think Mr. Bowlus would be pleased!"

Pictured are Diana Asher, Friends of the Bowlus President, Jim & Karen Gilpin, and Susan Raines, Bowlus Executive Director.

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Always keeping her eyes and ears open, Friends of the Bowlus Board Member Rita Berntsen stumbled across an opportunity to apply for a donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities Monsanto Fund - and she jumped on it!  (Monsanto is a company that supplies many farm related products including seed and fertilizer that the Berntsens use on their family farm.) ​​​​ Thanks to Rita and husband Rick, the Bowlus Fine Arts Center has won a $2,500 America's Farmers Grow Communities donation!  This donation will be used to help complete the Fine Arts Plaza project.

Since 2010 more than $29 million has been donated by America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. More than 8,000 organizations in rural America have benefited -- and we are PROUD to be one of them!

Pictured with the Berntsens are Diana Asher, Friends of the Bowlus President, and Susan Raines, Bowlus Executive Director.

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In spite of this cold and nasty weather further delaying the progress of the east entry project, the Friends of the Bowlus, Inc. has a lot to be thankful for. Iola's Chapter L, P.E.O. presented Friends of the Bowlus President, Diana Asher, with a check for $1,000.00 to help with remaining project expenses. We are so grateful for your generous gift and your support of the Bowlus!

While the Friends have enough in their coffers to finish the building addition, funds are still needed to complete landscaping and other aesthetic features in what has been dubbed the Fine Arts Plaza.

This beautiful photo was provided courtesy of the Iola Register. Pictured are front row from left, Stephanie Larson, P.E.O. Special Projects Chair, Chapter President Terri Piazza, Friends of the Bowlus President Diana Asher, and Bowlus Executive Director Susan Raines; second row, P.E.O. members Linda Johnson, April Hudson, Judy Baker, Sally Huskey, and Susie McKinnis; third row, Nancy Toland, Shellie Regehr, Mary Ann Arnott, Terri Carlin, Charlene Larson, Beth Toland, Lisa Whitney, and Pam Hart.