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Few gingerbread houses remain in fund raising effort

Nov 21, 2012
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk board members, from left, Dania De Bortoli, Tim Hawthorne and Holly Moore. gear up for the December holiday-themed art walk by decorating gingerbread houses in what looks like Santa’s workshop in one of Hawthorne Direct’s conference rooms.

Hawthorne Direct hosted the traditional gingerbread decorating event for Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk’s December Holiday Gingerbread Extravaganza last week at its facility in Fairfield.

Art walk executive director Dania De Bortoli and former president and executive director Holly Moore set up shop in Hawthorne Direct’s conference room to decorate the gingerbread houses that will be displayed in local businesses during the holidays. Several Hawthorne Direct employees, as well as other volunteers, also joined in to help set up, shop for supplies, assemble, decorate and clean up. Fairfield’s Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store, the event sponsor, baked and donated the gingerbread for construction.

“For the last eight years the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the art walk to sell the gingerbread houses to local businesses as a fundraiser,” said De Bortoli. “There are only a few left which can be purchased by contacting the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 641-472-2111.”

Tim Hawthorne, chairman and CEO of Hawthorne Direct, is vice president of the art walk board of directors. He also is chairman of the fundraising committee and hosts weekly luncheon meetings at the Hawthorne Direct offices. Under his guidance, the committee brought in 50 percent of the fundraising goal by early fall.

Additional Hawthorne Direct employees also have joined the board this year including DeeDee Banks, Novena Cole, Sheila Peck and Tammy Shull.

Cole and Peck have taken on the organization of adult volunteers in addition to volunteering their time to organizing activities and staffing the information booth at each art walk.

Banks serves on the executive committee and coordinates regular planning details and meetings held at the Hawthorne Direct office as well as volunteers at each event.

Shull joined the personnel committee and assists with strategic planning and volunteers at events.

De Bortoli said, “Tim and the Hawthorne employees add a great dynamic to the board, and they share the passion for the arts and community of Fairfield. We are not only grateful for their time and effort, but also for the creativity they contribute that enables us to continually grow each event. Tim’s leadership is greatly appreciated as well as his continued generosity to offer space for us to plan and prepare details for the events.”

“The art walk is a unique event that brings the Fairfield community together every month,” said Hawthorne. “I am happy to be able to contribute, and that so many community members are actively supporting its mission. It was a lot of fun hosting the gingerbread house decorating and seeing all the time and works that goes into each house. It definitely got us into the holiday spirit.”


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