Development Blog (November)

Jennifer Kohms, Development Coordinator

Jennifer Kohms, Development Coordinator

It has been a whirlwind month in the Development office at Historic St. Luke’s! Here’s all of what happened in development during the month of October, and what’s to come in November!

Blessing of The Animals 2016

We kicked off October with Blessing of the Animals, where we welcomed 120 people and their pets to our site for the annual ceremony inside the church, as well as having vendor displays on the grounds. At the event, we raised the funds needed to add a bronze plaque to our Lili statue, which commemorates Historic St. Luke’s Canine Ambassador.

Twilight Cemetery Tours
Blessing of The Animals 2016

Blessing of The Animals 2016

Then we rolled right into Cemetery Twilight Tours, where over 200 guests strolled our graveyard by moonlight while hearing stories about some of our more interesting residents. Cookies and warm cider were enjoyed in the gift shop after the tours, and over $2,000 was raised to begin the monumental (no pun intended) task of preserving over 600 gravestones in our historic cemetery. A workshop to train volunteers on proper cleaning techniques will be offered soon. If interested in helping with this project, please contact Education Coordinator Rachel Popp at rpopp@historicstlukes.org.

National Philanthropy Day and “Share Your Story” Campaign

Keep an eye out on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, for a special Development e-mail introducing our yearly Annual Fund Campaign and how you can can help support it. The Annual Fund is what keeps the lights on in the church, pays our museum interpreters, and allows us to offer so many special events during the year. We will have a museum display in the gift shop to tie into this campaign, as well as an online component where you can help Historic St. Luke’s – not only with philanthropic support but by sharing your memories of time spent at our historic site. More details coming soon about the “Share Your Story” Campaign.

Keep reading our Development blogs for more updates on events and community outreach programs.

Best regards,

Jennifer Kohms