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Bonanzaville exceeds goal in quest for matching contributions

Bonanzaville finishes off 2012 strong when presented with the challenge from an anonymous donor, who agreed to match monetary contributions of $50,000 if they were made to Bonanzaville before Dec. 15, 2012. With some sizable donations in the last days before the deadline Bonanzaville exceeded their goal and raised over $200,000. This includes the $50,000 matching donation, sponsorships, cash donations, and grants that went toward restricted and general operating funds. This will serve as a strong foundation for their fundraising efforts going into 2013.

"We are amazed at the overwhelming community support. We worked extremely hard to make sure we received this match," said Bonanzaville executive director Troy White. " We weren't leaving anything to chance and counted nothing until it was in hand. In the last few days before the deadline, some very generous contributions came through. About $100,000 is restricted for specific projects so we will still need to raise additional funds for our general operations."

This has been a banner year for Bonanzaville, with completion of the new Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion, record attendance at special events, increased facility rental sales, and increased admissions and membership.

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region's largest historical attraction with 43 historic buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.

For more information on Bonanzaville and any upcoming events, to volunteer, or to plan a special event on site, contact Julie Trotter at (701)282-2822 or at