HMHI’s Family fundraiser “a hit” with old & new friends of Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Clifford and fans connect at the HMHI Night at the Family Museum

HMHI’s first-ever Night at the Family Museum was a fund-raiser that pleased on June 11! We had the Family Museum in Bettendorf to our own special evening of family interaction and fun from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and not a second of that time was wasted.

The museum exhibits promoted family interactive activities.

The museum itself is filled with active and interactive fun for all that kept our guests busy and entertained.

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The museum exhibits awed all ages!

The personal appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, who wowed the little ones, was a special treat, highlighting the evening.

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Families enjoyed supper together amidst the activities.

But our volunteer balloon artist Karen Habenicht was just as popular. She prepared balloon souvenirs for each child, created to match each one’s interests, favorites and preferences. And she sang and entertained the children as she blew and bent the balloons into amazingly intricate shapes and creatures.

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Volunteers Connie Cervantes and  Amy Crist arranged and served food, included in the admission price.

Our staff and volunteers had prepared the Family Museum with special decorations, gift books of Clifford, and information about our program at HMHI.

Karen Habenicht, volunteer balloon artist, entranced the children and sent each one home with a personally-crafted creation.

All the proceeds from this $5 all-inclusive admission event will go to help HMHI help families who need homes, so the evening’s fun benefited a great cause. We gratefully acknowledge the event sponsors: Royal Neighbors, J. H. Laas Company and Celeste Dolan.

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HMHI’s helium balloons decorated that beautiful museum entrance.

The Development Committee of the HMHI Board took the lead in arranging our Family Night at the Museum event.  Members of the planning committee for this event are Connie Cervantes, Amy Crist, Michelle Kronfeld, Mike Laas, Kay Sigardson Poor and Janice Vrablec.

They’re already musing about repeating this wonderful evening next year. Clifford must travel to another town, but we know the Family Museum will have something just as wonderful to see in his place. If you attended Friday, we hope we’ll see you again.

So if you missed this enchanting evening, you may have another opportunity to thrill the special children in your life while helping less fortunate children.

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