It’s that time of year again… Let’s kick off the new year with a party!

The Museum will hold its annual “plaid tie” event, its Annual Meeting of the Membership & Annual Fundraising Dinner on Thursday, February 13 at the Grand Ely Lodge starting with social hour, raffles and silent auction at 5pm. Dinner and program usually begins about 6:00pm.

We’ll have fun with good food, fun prizes and fellowship with other Museum supporters. As in the past, guests can expect a wide-array of quality raffle games and auction items, delicious food and fellowship, and a lovely evening celebrating the life of Dorothy Molter.

Tickets are       $25 for Members   and   $35 for Non-members

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Reservation options via phone or email as well.

Non-member attendants are welcome to become Members at the dinner or simply observe the proceedings – it will be approximately 20 minutes of the evening program.

How are we fundraising?

We are always overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and neighbors both within and outside of the Ely Area. Museum staff, volunteers, Members, vendors, customers and colleagues show amazing support for our little museum in the pines celebrating and sharing the life and legacy of Dorothy Molter.

The items below will be available at the Annual Meeting & Fundraising Dinner for silent auction bidding, bucket raffle drawings or surprise raffle prizes throughout the evening. You must be present, or have a proxy in attendance, to bid on or win these items. If you cannot make this event, we encourage you to help us thank the businesses, artists and organizations with your spending dollars or donations!  [Would you like to donate goods, services or monetary support? [Click here]

Although we can take credit card payment for tickets, donations and silent auction items, we recommend you bring cash to participate in bucket raffles, the 50/50 raffle and pop-up dinner raffles. These items are listed in no particular order. New items added as donation commitments are made.

Item: Hand-carved and painted “Robin” sculpture

Donor: Duane Bird, Ely, MN

Retail $150
Item: Coffee gift bag (4-12oz ground & 2-2oz portion packs) – TWO available! Mug not included.

Donor: Gene Hick’s Gourmet Coffee, Ely, MN

Retail $43 each
Item: Crapola Gift Bag (4 bags Crapola, 3 stickers, one large t-shirt)

Donor: Crapola World Headquarters, Ely, MN

Retail $40
Item: Handyman Multi Tool

Donor: Merhar’s Ace Hardware, Ely, MN

Retail $30
Item: “Just Rewards” wood duck print by Steve Hamrick

Donor: Board Member, Butch Diesslin, Ely, MN

Retail $75
Item: $25 Gift Card. TWO available! Mug not included.

Donor: Front Porch Coffee & Tea Company, Ely, MN

Retail $25 each
Item: Hand-made 440-c stainless fillet knife with hand-carved handle made from a piece of  Cady Cabin Island, Isle of Pines driftwood, epoxy filler, and custom leather sheath

Donor: Dorothy’s Great-nephew, Dan Galante, North Carolina

Retail $150
Item: 4 Castle Danger pint glasses, 4 pint fill cards, 4 bottle openers, 4 logo stickers and 1 can coolie

Donor: Castle Danger Brewery, Two Harbors MN

Retail $50
Item: Hand-beaded Necklace & Cuff Set

Donor: Museum Staff/Member & local Jewelry maker, Kay Vandervort, Ely MN

Retail: $80

Item: Hand-felted and beaded Scarf

Donor: Museum Staff/Member & local Jewelry maker, Kay Vandervort, Ely MN

Retail: $55

Item: The Cabin Package (110 minutes)

Donor: Business Member, Ely Pebble Spa Company, Ely MN

Retail $145
Item: Deer Hide Choppers (polyester lining) Size 2XL

Donor: Museum Staff/Member & local Jewelry maker, Kay Vandervort, Ely MN

Retail: $20

Item: Laser-cut wood cutting board 12″ x 10″

Donor: Museum Vendor J and J Woodshop of Kingfisher, OK

Retail: $30