Museum to host fund-raiser

Chad Frey
The  McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation is hosting an exhibit featuring restored, and classic, Ford Model-T cars in the Dick & Linda Nichols Expo Hall through February. The museum will offer free admission Dec. 5 - the same day as a "reverse raffle" fundraiser to be held online.

Carissa Speck isn’t one to tell people to stay away from the McPherson Museum and Arts Foundation, 1111 E Kansas Ave. AFterall, the executive director has a travelling exhibit open through February that is pretty unique — and this is also the time of year the museum does fundraising.

In the Dick & Linda Nichols Expo Hall is an exhibit featuring restored, and classic, Ford Model-T Cars. The exhibit is scheduled to be open through February.

The museum is open, despite COVID-19, from 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

“We are still open, because we have enough space for people social distance,” Speck said. “We are limited groups to 15 and following health department rules.”

That limit, and the risk of COVID-19 exposures, did put a damper on normal fund-raising activities.

Normally the museum would host an event at this time of year — this year, however, there will not be a Christmas event at the museum. In its place will be a unique fundraiser.

The museum will host a 50/50 “Reverse Raffle” will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets are $50, include an annual family membership to the museum and a chance to win cash prizes.

Prize drawings will be hosted online.

“We wanted to [host an event], but we did not want to risk anyone’s health. We thought it best to do the drawing virtually. That way people can stay home if they want to,” Speck said.

A reverse raffle is a little different — every ticket entered will be drawn. Along the way there will be prizes — in this case at least $50 cash — awarded. The grand prize, which could be as much as $10,000, will be awarded to the last ticket in the bin.

“You want your ticket in there as long as possible to get the grand prize,” Speck said.

The McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the historical, cultural, and artistic heritage of the McPherson community.

The current museum, opened in 2013, houses permanent exhibits dedicated to natural history, sports memorabilia, cultural artifacts, history, fine art and a model train exhibit.

“The museum will be open that day and there will be free admission for anyone that wants to see the museum,” Speck said.

Reverse raffle tickets are available online at or by phone at 620-241-8464.

“Since we are open, you can come to the museum and do it that way too. The last day is Dec. 4 by 5 p.m.”