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Wonder Ball: Speakeasy on the Square raises $170,000 at September gala

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Prohibition-themed gala exceeds financial goals; provides support for the museum’s access programs, exhibits and daily programming

MADISON, Wis. (September 22, 2016) — The 2016 Wonder Ball: Speakeasy on the Square, held September 9 at Madison Children’s Museum, raised $170,000. Approximately 250 guests attended. It was one of the most successful Wonder Balls to date. This year’s prohibition theme saw guests arriving in classic 1920s fashion and using a password (pssst: it’s “The Bee’s Knees”) to enter through a “shoe shop” created at the museum’s side door. Once inside, guests hit the gaming tables, enjoyed delicious, period-inspired food from Heritage Catering, and sipped authentic cocktails provided by The Roman Candle Catering.

A thrilling Houdini escape by James the Magician, assisted by Police Chief Koval, provided a dramatic highlight.

“Wow, what a Wonder Ball!” said Peggy Pyle, chair of the Wonder Ball committee and the MCM board of directors. “It surpassed our goals for revenue; it surpassed our expectations for fun. Everyone dressed the part for the Speakeasy theme and had a great time. We are so grateful for our guests’ generosity. Their support helps make essential play and learning experiences at MCM available for every child in our community.”

Peggy & Tom Pyle

Lau & Bea Christensen
CUNA Mutual Group
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Sub Zero and Wolf Appliance Co.
American Girl
EVCO Plastics
EXL Service
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Neider & Boucher, S.C.
SVA Certified Public Accountants
University Research Park
UW Health/American Family Children’s Hospital
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Woodman’s Markets

Alliant Energy
BMO Harris Bank
Boardman & Clark LLP
Event Essentials
Katharine Gansner & Friends
Gristle Catering
Group Health Cooperative
Hooper Foundation and General Heating & Air Conditioning
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Kelly Financial Services
Darcy Kind & Marc Vitale
Ron & Deborah Krantz
Lind Ruhland LLC
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club
Madison Gas & Electric
Nicholson & Gansner, S.C.
Thysse Printing Service
Triumph Wealth Management
US Bank

Culver’s VIP Foundation
Eisenberg Law Offices
Isthmus Partners
Lisa Lange & Jeffrey Johnson and Loan & Brian Rathgeber
MCD, Inc.
National Guardian Life Insurance Company
The QTI Group
Select Publishing, Inc.
Andrew & Carlene Ziegler

BRAVA Magazine
Isthmus Publishing Company
Magic 98

The Roman Candle Catering & Bar Service

The museum’s next fundraising event is Tea & Trains, to be held at the Madison Club, Saturday, December 3.

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Founded in 1980, Madison Children’s Museum offers hands-on exhibits and programs that celebrate and encourage children’s imaginations and the power of play as the cornerstone of learning. MCM is a proud recipient of the 2011 National Medal for Museum Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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