Shelter Gets A Facelift Thanks To Kurki
Thanks to a generous donation locally, the Fond du Lac Noon Kiwanis Shelter at Buttermilk Creek Park has a new look. The shelter was built in 1981, but after 39 years of wear and tear, needed a whole host of repair including new concrete, trim, lights and cleaning of stone pillars. That’s when Don Kurki of Kurki Funeral Chapel stepped in and offered to pay for the needed repairs.
In a press release, Kurki said, “I believed in my heart and soul it was time for the club to fix it up for families and groups to enjoy it. I am grateful to be able to continue the legacy of our club’s gift.” Kurki served as District Lt. Governor, President, and board member during his 36 years in Kiwanis. Total cost of the repairs was $25,000
Peter Grimm, Past-President, said, “Don stepped up because he is the most loyal and faithful Kiwanian we know. Don always wants what’s best for Fond du Lac and the club.” Kurki served as District Lt. Governor, President, and board member during his 36 years in Kiwanis.
“Don is a hero” said JJ Raflik, club President, “as without his generosity our club could not afford the $25,000 cost of repairs.” Louise Gudex, a 28-year member, followed Don’s lead and paid for the lights when the City requested extra work.
Frank Endejan, a 42-year member, said, “Our club is proud we built the first park shelter and all the hours we worked on it. It’s great that Don Kurki has returned it to its beauty.”
Dick Casper, a 43-year member said in 1981 the shelter cost $10,000 for materials including $6,048 for the 28 x 38 package from Sterling Custom Homes. “Most impressive was a lot of the labor was donated by club members or their businesses,” said Casper.
Brian Kolstad, City Council President attended the rededication ceremony and shared his childhood memories of his family picnics at the shelter.