Group hopes to rake in dough

Children's museum plans Krispy Kreme fund-raiser

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— Hands-On! Children's Museum hopes to raise funds for its short- and long-term goals by providing Steamboat with warm doughnuts from Krispy Kreme for its summer fund-raiser.

Advance orders need to be made to the museum by July 16.

Hands-On! Children's Museum volunteers will drive to a Denver Krispy Kreme to pick up the fresh doughnuts for patrons to pick up between 8 and 11 a.m. July 21.

A dozen glazed doughnuts is $7. Three or more dozen cost $6.50 each. But for those craving assorted flavored doughnuts, Executive Director Tibby Speare said there hopefully will be about 50 dozen.

"We may start a weekly thing here," Speare said jokingly. "It was (Linda Litteral's) idea. She test drove them all."

Litteral, also of the museum, had the idea of creating a doughnut fund-raiser after she tasted a doughnut about every five hours to see if they would taste good after two days.

"She's just a riot. She is so funny," Speare said of Litteral, who was not available for comment.

Stacey Kramer, a member of the museum's board of directors, named many fund-raisers the museum has planned for throughout the year that hopefully will raise money for operating costs as well as money to move to a new building.

"We're going down to Denver to bring them hot off the grill," Kramer said. "This is a unique idea that no one has done before."

Speare said the money raised in the doughnut sale could be used to help find a new building or for operating costs. However, money in the museum's fund with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation will most likely go toward large purchases or rent for a new building.

"Fund-raisers are a dime a dozen. We don't want to step on anyone's toes, but we need to get out there and make money," Kramer said.

Within the next year, the building the museum occupies probably will become a mixed-used structure, depending on a vote from the city Planning Commission.

The building currently is owned by Jim Cook of Colorado Group Realty. Cook leases the building to the museum free of charge.

"We're definitely trying to come up with funds. That's a long-term goal," Kramer said.

The museum is looking for an interim facility for a few years before it can stand on stable ground and obtain a building of its own.

"I'm almost positive a year from now we'll be in a new building," Speare said.

Speare said she's optimistic about the future of the children's museum because of the number of visitors to the museum since its opening about five months ago.

"People are really happy to have us here," Speare said. "We had 4,500 visits in the first four and a half months."

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