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Homelessness exhibit takes up temporary residence at shelter’s event

The traveling version of the “(In)Visible: Homelessness in Appleton” exhibit from the History Museum at the Castle is getting around. Its most recent stop was at the Fox Valley Warming Shelter’s fifth annual Grateful Plateful fund-raiser at the Grand Meridian in Appleton Wednesday, Oct. 5th.

The exhibit — an outgrowth of the Project RUSH survey of homelessness — features photographs shot by people who were homeless. Both Project RUSH and the museum exhibit had support from Community Foundation grants. The traveling exhibit was supported by a grant from the Mielke Family Foundation, a supporting organization served by the Community Foundation. The main exhibit also had support from an Arts and Culture Partnership Grant and a grant from the Robert Dohr and Lilas Dohr Current Community Needs Fund.

The exhibit can be booked by contacting Chief Curator Nick Hoffman at the History Museum at the Castle at [email protected] or 920-735-9370 ext. 112.

Grateful Plateful drew its largest crowd ever, more than 250 people. Guests were able to take part in a variety of raffles and bid in a love auction, highlighted by a Jordy Nelson jersey that sold for $900. The chamber/folk duo Auralai provided entertainment. The mission of the Fox Valley Warming Shelter Inc. is to provide overnight, temporary shelter to adult men and women who are homeless and to collaborate with community resources to pave a path toward self-sufficiency.

Another supporting organization, the Bill and Barbara Schmidt Family Foundation, was a platinum sponsor of the event.

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