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Donors match anonymous gift for Mini-Wakan

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Supporters of the Mini-Wakan Project met an anonymous donor's $120,000 matching gift challenge, contributing enough by Sept. 30 to double the donor's gift.

"I am delighted to report that during the critical 'match window' the needed $120,000 was raised," said Joe Ulman, Chairman of the Spirit Lake Protective Association's Mini-Wakan Project. "The committee thanks Lakes Area residents, businesses and sponsors of our fundraising events for their financial support and cooperation. This collaboration adds $240,000 to the Mini-Wakan Project treasury and brings us close to our $1 million goal."

Along with rebuilding and renovating the Mini-Wakan shelter house, the goal of the Mini-Wakan Project is to raise enough money to provide an endowment fund to cover future repairs to the Mini-Wakan shelter house and Gull Point Lodge.

On Aug. 29, there was a brunch and art auction, "Works of Art for the State Parks .... An Endeavor for the Endowment," at Gull Point Lodge. The event featured lakes-themed artwork donated by local and nationally known artists. High quality prints of these paintings are available for purchase at Evans Clothing in Olde Towne Spirit Lake along with note cards of the paintings.

Along with additional fundraising, upcoming work for the Mini-Wakan Committee includes meetings with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and architects to finalize the design for the renovation and rebuilding of the Mini-Wakan shelter house. The DNR has planned a bid letting for February 2011.

For more information on the Mini-Wakan and Gull Point shelters, and the endowment project, visit the Spirit Lake Protective Association website at