106 East B St, Iron Mountain MI 49801

September, 2011 Newsletter
Sep 2011

Dear Friends,

The time has come for Friends of the Braumart to start some serious fundraising! Will you help us raise $75,000 so we can move forward?

The $75,000 will provide us with a detailed plan to move ahead with the all-important process of raising the funds to achieve our goals and it will enable us to complete the first two phases of our Redevelopment Feasibility Study. As a member of 'Friends of the Braumart', you have already shown that you believe in this project. Developing the Historic Braumart Theater into a dynamic Arts Center holds great potential and importance for the community, and how much we can accomplish depends on the continued support of committed members like you…

If everybody gives, we will reach our goal!

The FOTB Board has selected Engberg Anderson of Milwaukee to complete our Redevelopment Feasibility Study. Engberg Anderson specializes in planning and design of historic preservation and cultural projects. They have assembled an impressive team of specialists to address all four phases of our feasibility study. The Board has also selected professional fundraising consultants Jerald Panas, Linzy & Partners of Chicago. Proposals for the Redevelopment Feasibility Study and the Fundraising Feasibility Analysis can be reviewed at our office in the Historic Braumart Theater. Please contact any Board member for an appointment.

Good News:
'Friends of the Braumart' was awarded a $2000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Michigan Preservation Fund. The seed grant funds will be used towards a feasibility study for the restoration and renovation of the theater.

Oktoberfest Non-Profit Showcase:
The Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual fall event - Oktoberfest - at Pine Grove Country Club on October 20. Attendees will vote for their favorite non-profit; the organization with the most votes will receive $500! Reservations and payment are required by October 12 (or pay a higher fee at the door). Details will be mailed or emailed soon. Come on out and vote to Bring Back the Braumart!

Did you know: You can donate via PayPal at www.friendsofthebraumart.org!

We're looking for ideas:
FOTB is always looking for acts to perform at the theater as a way of generating income. What would YOU like to see in a season of performances? Do you know of any regional touring groups? Please send us your ideas!

Annual Election:
Two board positions will be up for election in October. The term of office will be three years (November 2011 to October 2014). We are accepting nominations from any member to serve on the Board of Directors. If you would like to nominate someone for the Board, or if you are interested yourself, please submit the candidate's responses to the following three questions by Monday, October 17.

  1. Why are you interested in serving on the Friends of the Braumart Board of Directors?
  2. What skills and experience do you bring to the Board?
  3. What do you feel are the biggest challenges facing the Friends of the Braumart in the next three years?

You may email your responses to info @ friendsofthebraumart.org or mail them to the address below. Please limit your responses to approximately 300 words total. These responses will appear on the ballot. Our Annual Membership Meeting will be 7:00 PM Tuesday, October 18, at the Braumart. Nominations for the Board will be accepted at the meeting. After the October 18 meeting, nominations will be closed and the ballot will be mailed to all current Friends of the Braumart members.

Current Board Members:
President: Jinx Brew; Vice President: Duane Peck; Treasurer: Barbara Kramer; Secretary: Audrey Carlson; Board Members At Large: Shanna Champeau, Sally Jacobs, Robin Tchokreff.

Our Mission Statement:
Our mission is to develop the historic Braumart Theater into a dynamic center which embraces all arts and artists, and provides cultural, educational and economic stimulus for the area.

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Friends of the Braumart
P.O. Box 156, Iron Mountain, MI 49801

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