One of Dodge City’s premiere fundraisers returns Saturday night.

The 11th Annual Dodge City Library Foundation Wine-and-Cheese Event is slated for 7 p.m. at the library. This year’s event features Marci Penner speaking. Penner is executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and author of The Kansas Guidebook 2.

"I’ve heard Marci speak several times," said Dodge City Public Library Director Brandon Hines. "She’s a remarkable person and she does a good job when speaking to crowds."

Penner started the Kansas Sampler Foundation with her father in 1993. The pair used the foundation to address two main issues that they observed on their early travels — to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities.

Some of better known projects are the Kansas Sampler Festival, the Kansas Explorers Club the Big Rural Brainstorm, the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, the PowerUp Movement and the 2005 Guidebook for Explorers.

While Penner is the featured speaker, there are other stars — namely the food and drink.

"We have six cases of wine and lots of different cheeses," Hines said. "I believe we have something for everyone when it comes to wine and cheese."

Attendees to the event will also be the first to learn about a major library improvement project and a Dodge City Library Foundation gift to support that project.

"The foundation, which has been good to this library for years, is helping us our with the new project," Hines said. "It’s going to be a big project and it’s going to be good for the library."

Tickets for the annual fundraiser are $25 each and they are available at the library. Call 620-225-0248 for more information.


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