Dear Editor:

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum expresses a heartfelt thank you to the Decorah community and everyone who attended Vesterheim's seventh biennial benefit auction on Oct. 20 at the Hotel Winneshiek. The benefit auction is an important source of funding for Vesterheim's folk art education program and preliminary figures indicate that over $30,000 was raised.

We are very grateful to the guests and bidders who made the auction a great success. Sixty-four pieces were auctioned and the bidding for the silent and live auctions was brisk and enthusiastic.

A special thanks to Joe Gavle for providing his auctioneering skills for the event and the Hotel Winneshiek for their wonderful hospitality and great cuisine. It was a fun evening and everyone's participation made this a successful event.

Vesterheim values the community's support of our mission.