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Local business helps raise money for children's museumSubmitted: 07/05/2013

Adam Fox
10 p.m. Anchor/Reporter
afox@wjfw.com


CONOVER - A slow economy can challenge any business.

It's even more difficult for non-profits who rely on donations.

That's why one Northwoods business teamed up with an area museum to help on its busiest weekend.

Twin Lakes Trading Company hosted a fundraiser benefiting the Northwoods Children's Museum on Friday.

The home building company will donate $10 to the museum for every signature on the day's guest book.

Owner Mike Hoffman thinks the center needs help.

"You talk to any kid that goes to that museum, even adults, they have a great time, Hoffman said. "They love it, they think it's wonderful, they're appreciative that it's there but it needs funding."

Rouleen Gartner, Northwoods Children Museum executive director, says this is their busiest weekend of the year.

She thinks the museum would disappear without help from the community.

"Fundraisers like this, and support from businesses like this, are what keeps the museum open," Gartner said. "They help us build things in the museum but also, help in financial ways, and we would not be here without local community support like this."

Local business donations are about 40 percent of the children museum's yearly budget.


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