THELMA Names Contemporary Wing In Honor Of Susan O Ahern

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) recently announced the two-level Contemporary Wing will be renamed the Susan O. Ahern Contemporary Wing, in honor of one of Fond du Lac’s mothers and community advocates.

Susan O. Ahern, was the wife of John Ahern of J. F. Ahern, contributors to the sustainability of the arts center. Susan passed away August 29, 2013.

“Susan will long be remembered for her total and unwavering commitment to her family,” according to her obituary.

THELMA is also named for one of Fond du Lac’s mothers, Thelma Sadoff.

“It’s a special day when we get to honor someone with such dedication to our community,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA Executive Director. “The Ahern family has been and continues to be strong and generous advocates for the arts.”

The new name was unveiled with the Ahern family. THELMA Board of Directors and other donors were also in attendance.

In addition to the naming right, a mural was unveiled depicting everything Fond du Lac. The mural, a gift from Tony Ahern to honor his mother, was created by Linda Ahern and local artist Bonnie Federman. It features THELMA and people who have been part of the arts, as well as the community. The mural will be visible for the public to visit when THELMA is open and during public events.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.

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