Holly De Ruyter

The benefit included a talk by Holly De Ruyter and her documentary, “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” and Mary Bergin, author of the “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook.” 

More than 130 people attended a Polk County Historical Society fundraiser with a Supper Club theme August 15. Held at the BrowTine Event Center, the event raised close to $10,000 for the Polk County Museum. 

The supper club event featured a fish fry buffet with grasshopper dessert and specialty drinks including Brandy Old Fashioned available in signature glasses. Live supper club music was provided by Rep. Gae Magnafici and her band.

 The night also included a talk by Holly De Ruyter and her documentary, “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” and Mary Bergin, author of the “Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook.” 

A live auction conducted by Gary Hines, featured five items: A Green Bay Packers autographed football from the 2018 season, an original watercolor of the Polk County Museum created by Michael Jekot of Balsam Arts, handmade beaded moccasins by Miscobinayshii (St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin), a chef’s dinner for four from Indianhead Supper Club and a one-day pontoon rental on Balsam Lake by Sunnyside Marina. The night also featured a silent auction with many items donated by community businesses. 

As a non-profit, the Polk County Historical Society relies on museum membership, grants and donations to help support their mission: Preserving the past for future generations. The museum is home to three floors of exhibits and artifacts featuring Polk County’s unique history. The Historical Society serves the community by preserving and maintaining records of the documents and artifacts housed in the museum, hosting educational presentations, conducting school tours and offering free entrance to the museum during its season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

In addition to the auctions, the area businesses sponsored tables at the event including Waterworks Irrigation Inc, Power in Pink Cleaning Inc, BOS Reality, Indianhead Supper Club, First Bank of Baldwin, Rep. Gae Magnafici, MidWestOne Bank, Everlasting Decorative Concrete and Reeds Sunnyside Marina. Flowers and table decorations were provided by Balsam Lake Pro-Lawn. 

The Polk County Historical Society extended thanks to the BrowTine Event Center and the Polk County businesses and community that made this initial fundraising event a success.

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