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First Denim & Diamonds Gala planned for April 25

By Allison Flores

Yorktown News-View

The Friends of the Yorktown Library, Keep Yorktown Beautiful and The Yorktown Historical Society invite are hosting the first annual Denim and Diamonds Gala on Saturday, April 25 at Gruenau Hall. This gala will benefit each organization in seperate ways, however, benefitting the Yorktown community whole-heartedly.

For Keep Yorktown Beautiful, as Donna Roeder explained, funds received from the gala will look to enhance the appearance of downtown, while still maintaining the park and various flower beds.   The organization has already ordered planters for downtown to replace the cedar planters that are in place.

They are also pursuing lighting for downtown for safety and visibility. Friends of the Yorktown Public Library President, Jennifer Franke stated that massive technology developments are ongoing and underway, which can be great additions to the user’s experiences at the Yorktownibrary. For that reason, the funds raised by this event will allow the library to continue to evolve to meet the needs of our patrons by continuing to embrace technological advancements.

“The purpose of our library is much more than to provide access to books; our mission is to enrich our community, and to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Yorktown, and we do that by offering technologies, tools, programs and other resources that help the people in our community be successful,” stated Franke. Beverly Bruns with the Yorktown Historical Society noted that the organization will be repairing the plastering on several walls in the Museum, as well as investigating the possibilities of an elevator, or a commercial chairlift in the stairway for handicapped accessibility to the second floor of the museum.  

The museum has recently published a book entitled “First 50 Years of Yorktown” that has been a success, as a result they would also like to publish a 32-page coloring book of Historic Yorktown that tells our cities story from past to present. Social Hour for the fund raising Gala begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner catered by 5D Steakhouse and Lounge.

The evening will also include entertainment by local band Honky Tonk Crazy, as well as bucket drawings, door prizes, and silent/live auction. Tickets are $50 each, and go on sale Friday, Jan. 10.

They can be purchased from Beverly Bruns at 361-935-5243, Donna Roeder at 361-649-6594, or Jennifer Franke at 361-935-8123.

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