Trivia Night Fundraiser for the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit


The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG), a Main Street Iowa organization, will be hosting game night with their Trivia Night fundraiser.  The event will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Street Community Center, and will be held inside the gymnasium.

The fundraiser has been created to raise the final $3,000 needed for the upcoming 2018 Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, set to tour to Mount Vernon from March 18, 2018, to April 30, 2018.

Mount Vernon will be one of six Iowa communities chosen to host the Smithsonian’s “Home Town Teams: How Sports Shaped America,” and will be the first community in Iowa to host this particular Smithsonian exhibit.

The Trivia Night fundraiser event will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, silent auction and trivia game with prizes. The event will take place at the First Street Community Center gym from 6:30 to 9:30.

We are very close to reaching our goal to bring the Smithsonian’s Home Town Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit to Mount Vernon, said board president Kate Rose.

This final fundraiser will take place inside the remodeled First Street Community Center gym, the site of the spring exhibit. Come take part and help us raise the final few dollars needed to bring this exhibit to Mount Vernon.

At 6:30 pm will be the reception, followed by the Trivia game at 7 pm, we will close the evening out with a silent auction at 9:30 pm.

Tickets to the fundraising event are $20 per person, and individuals can sign up with or without a team, although teams of 5 to 8 people are encouraged. Food and Silent Auction donations are being solicited by the board and staff of the CDG. More information including a registration form is available through www.visitmvl.com/trivianight.


Home Town Teams – Fundraiser Variety Show and Silent Auction


Mount Vernon/Lisbon CDG is bringing the Smithsonian Exhibit “Home Town Teams: How Sports Shaped America” to Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

A fundraiser to support the exhibit is being held Friday, April 7th, and the First Street Community Center will be hosting a silent auction and a sports-themed variety show during this fundraiser.  The silent auction will take place throughout the evening and the items will be shown in the First Street Community Center hallways.

The Variety Show will start at 7:00pm and feature performances with themes such as:

– Chariots of Fire
– National Anthem
– Chicken Fat
– You’ve Gotta Have Heart – from Damn Yankees
– Truman Jordan – Volleyball
– Centerfield
– Get Your Head in the Game
– Casey on the Run
– Hey Mickey
– Darin Williams – Wrestling
– I’m Alright
– Kid Inside

Please come out to enjoy and support the the volunteers from the local community that are putting on parts of this variety show!

We will be one of six Iowa communities chosen to host the Smithsonian exhibit and will be the first community in Iowa to host this particular Smithsonian exhibit.  After Mount Vernon the exhibit will travel to Ottumwa, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Ames and Conrad.

Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the year. There will be several ways to donate including through One Mission www.onemissionfundraising.com.


More information is available through (319) 210-9935.



MVAAC Winter Fundraiser – Tony Brown and Dan Johnson


photo of Tony Brown and Dan Johnson

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council’s (MVAAC’s) Winter Fundraiser performance will be Saturday, January 21st @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Performing will be Tony Brown and Dan Johnson.

The event will start with a reception with wine and cheese at 6:30pm, with music beginning at 7:30pm.  In addition, Tony Brown will have paintings on display as well.

As with many events at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa this is a BYOB event with Uptown Theatre travel cups available to purchase – or bring yours from home.

Break out of your igloo and bring your friends to this fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council.

The suggested donation is $15.

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is a community organization that exists to increase the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and practice of the arts within our community.

See the MVAAC.org website or their Facebook page for more information.

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Fundraiser & Performance: World Class Irish Dance Night


Help Dance Arts Iowa raise $2000.00 for Liam and his Irish dancing adventure to Scotland! 

Liam McCormack is a Freshman at Cornell College and instructs students in Irish Dance at Dance Arts Iowa (DAI) –  a non-competitive studio.

Liam has qualified for the Irish Dance World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in March 2016.

The purpose of the fundraiser is to help Liam with travel and living expenses while in Scotland.

Join us Sunday, February 14 at 6:00 pm in the Uptown Theatre in the First Street Community Center to meet Liam. Liam and Dance Arts Iowa’s Irish dancers will present Irish dance.  Jenny Deininger leads the Irish I group while Liam leads the Irish II and III groups.

Thank you!

BTW: If you are looking for another way to donate, you can donate directly here: Donate: Send Liam to Irish Dance World Championships!

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This event will be held in the First Street Community Center, inside the Uptown Theatre.