The Decorah Community School District Foundation welcomed two new board members this fall, Kristen Olson and Kate Rattenborg. The Foundation meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 7 a.m. The Foundation awarded its first scholarships in 1995 totaling $6,000, and has now awarded a total of nearly $1 million to graduating seniors. Interested donors should contact Kelly Brickley at Hacker Nelson. Above, from left, front row: Kate Rattenborg, Cindy Womeldorf, Ben Grimstad and Kristen Olson. Back row: Beth Wahlberg, Jenny Werner, Leslie Sand, Mary Weis, Aaron Steffens, Larry Berland, Kelly Brickley and Andy Nelson.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Missing from photos was DeAnn Krull. (Submitted photo)
The Decorah Community School District Foundation welcomed two new board members this fall, Kristen Olson and Kate Rattenborg. The Foundation meets monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 7 a.m. The Foundation awarded its first scholarships in 1995 totaling $6,000, and has now awarded a total of nearly $1 million to graduating seniors. Interested donors should contact Kelly Brickley at Hacker Nelson. Above, from left, front row: Kate Rattenborg, Cindy Womeldorf, Ben Grimstad and Kristen Olson. Back row: Beth Wahlberg, Jenny Werner, Leslie Sand, Mary Weis, Aaron Steffens, Larry Berland, Kelly Brickley and Andy Nelson.

Missing from photos was DeAnn Krull. (Submitted photo)
The Decorah Community School District Foundation is raising money for the renovation of Carrie Lee auditorium.

The total cost of improvements is estimated to be $250,000. Improvements will include new seating, curtains, flooring, lights and paint. It will become handicap accessible and seat 400. The project is expected to begin soon, with completion expected for early 2014.

Carrie Lee auditorium is where tens of thousands of children have started their music and artistic performances and with this facelift, tens of thousands more will have the opportunity to perform in a first class setting, according to the Foundation.

Lead donors have already committed over $50,000 toward the project. The Foundation is hoping the community and alumni who have performed or enjoyed performances in the auditorium will contribute to this cause.

The Foundation has set a goal of selling seats for $250. If all 400 seats are sold, this will raise another $100,000 and help cover a large portion of the renovation cost. A plaque in the auditorium will honor donors.

"Please consider investing in our youth and our school system by 'buying' a seat or two in the Carrie Lee Auditorium. Then, come and enjoy some music, dance or theatre in your new seat," Foundation members said.

Gifts made to Decorah Community School Foundation, a 501C3 organization could be tax deductible; donors are asked to consult their tax advisor.

For more information, contact Ben Grimstad at 382-9661 or Rich Amundson at 382-2542.