TEHAMA — In lieu of its annual Jubilee fundraiser, the Tehama County Museum hosted a raffle drawing and netted nearly $7,100 in between the raffle, donations and a PhilPhund match.
“We put all our eggs in the basket hoping for a good response,” said Board President Chris Bauer. “We have been pleased with the response of folks who gave and stepped up.”
The Jubilee typically brought in about $6,000 for the volunteer-run museum and hopes were high that between the community purchasing tickets and the PhilPhund match, which provided $1 for every $10 given to the museum up to $1,000, funds raised would be enough to tide the museum over until the COVID-19 pandemic is over and the doors can reopen.
The museum remains closed due to the pandemic with hopes of reopening for business as usual in 2021, Bauer said. The museum’s annual budget, which is about $20,000, goes to pay operational costs such as utilities and insurance.
“The bottom line is this: There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Bauer said. “The ability to get to the end of that tunnel, intact and functional, depends on you. Tehama County Museum is a private, community focused non-profit. We are not affiliated in any manner with Tehama County government, therefore receive no county financial backing.”
Of the $7,082 raised, 3,305 tickets were sold at $1 each and another $719 in donations came from a Crossland’s gas station pop up event, according to organizers. The PhilPhund match was fully met and brought in $1,000.
Baffle the Bug raffle prizes were awarded, including five individual gift certificates for a Crosslands deli meal donated by one of the Crossland 6, Dana Crossland; two $25 Visa gift cards; a $50 Red Lobster gift card; two $50 NuWay Market gift cards donated by Bill and Beau Patchen; two $50 Visa gift cards; a custom Tehama County gift basket created by Collet Bauer filled with specialty items of the area; a custom quilt crafted by Louise Crawford; a $100 Visa gift card; a $100 gift certificate toward an Orient & Flume glass piece; a $250 Visa gift card; a custom shawl woven before a live audience on the Tehama County Museum’s refurbished loom at the 2019 Jubilee by Colleen Harvey-Arrison and Trinna Higgs of the Tehama County Fiber Arts Group; a $500 Los Molinos Ace Hardware gift card donated by owner Tim Kuhn and a $500 Visa gift card.
Winners included: Florence Addy, Chico; Connie Asquith, Red Bluff; Dave Brown, Los Molinos; Pat Brown, Red Bluff; Richard Burrill, Chico; Clarisse Cottier, Los Molinos; Rosio Diaz, Tehama; Garry Fish, Red Bluff; James Fortier, Tehama; Lynda Gravitt, Corning; Todd Hammer, Los Molinos; Jan Jaekel, Red Bluff; Sue Junge, Los Molinos; Sue Knox, Los Molinos; “Marco,” Los Molinos; Shelly Patchen, Los Molinos; Kathy Sibert, Red Bluff; Jackie Swerstien, Los Molinos; Gary Taylor, Red Bluff; and Dave Woods, Red Bluff.
In addition to the raffle, the museum is working to update its website as a part of it’s re-imagined virtual Jubilee to help make Tehama County more accessible. The new website was made possible by a grant from the Union Pacific Foundation.
For more information about the museum, call 384-2595 or write to [email protected]