Sunday, May 07, 2006

Elevator Fund: Going UP!

On April 18, over 130 people attended a dinner and fundraiser at the Inn at 825, sponsored by the Capitol Area Association of Realtors. The event launched a fund drive to pay for installation of an elevator at the Iles House, making it accessible to handicapped visitors.

Cherryl Dambacher, President of the CARR, served as master of ceremonies for the festive event. She set a goal of raising $10,000 for the elevator project, which will cost an estimated $80,000.

Dan Sale, Executive Director, recalled that in 1996 the CARR contributed $14,000 for relocation of the Iles House.

That early support was crucial, noted Dave Barringer, President of the Iles Foundation. “They were with us from the beginning and we appreciate their efforts to make Springfield’s oldest House accessible to everyone.”

Before dinner, a silent auction invited bids on over 50 items from local donors, such as a slide bracelet from Tobin Jewlers and a shirt from Joseph A. Banks. After dinner, a live auction proceeded on 25 donated items. Jeff Canterbury served as auctioneer, and with great humor he raised $3,500 in bids.

We are grateful to the CARR and Springfield’s realtors for their support. If you want to help raise funds for the elevator, please send your contributions to Iles House Foundation, P. O. Box 144, Springfield, Illinois 62705.

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