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Free community day July 9, 2023 at Museum of Wisconsin Art to celebrate Betty Nelson Day

West Bend, WI – Local philanthropist Betty Nelson is turning 100 and in partnership with the Museum of Wisconsin Art, 205 Veterans Avenue, in West Bend, WI she would like everyone in the community to join in the celebration. MOWA is honoring the longtime supporter and friend with a free day at the museum on Sunday, July 9, 2023.

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The Museum of Wisconsin Art is also encouraging patrons and community members to deliver or send birthday cards to MOWA for Betty.

Address cards to:

Betty Nelson

Museum of Wisconsin Art

205 Veterans Ave.

West Bend, WI 53095

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Nelson’s generous contributions to the museum have allowed MOWA to celebrate the incredible achievements of Wisconsin artists and provide an accessible, one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

Donors like Nelson keep MOWA an affordable, high-quality experience that attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year to the West Bend Mothership and its satellite locations throughout the state.

A birthday celebration will take place at MOWA on Sunday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m.

There will be free access to the museum for the entire community, comments by guest speakers and tributes to Betty from longtime friends including Peter Ziegler and Prudence Pick Hway, a former president of the MOWA board.

Nelson has been a staple of the West Bend community for a considerable portion of her 100 years. She grew up in a home on the hill, currently occupied by McLane Elementary School.

Betty Nelson home in West Bend

She spent a lot of time outdoors with her family.

Betty Nelson in the snow with her family

Nelson’s gifts to the museum and the community of West Bend continue through the United Way’s Cliff and Betty Nelson Leadership Awards, her many contributions to local nonprofits, and her countless philanthropic efforts.

Cliff & Betty Nelson Photo provided by Duenkel Portrait Art
Cliff & Betty Nelson Photo provided by Duenkel Portrait Art

The award is named in honor of the late Cliff Nelson and his wife Betty, who are known for their outstanding volunteer efforts on behalf of human service, civic, and arts organizations.

Join MOWA as we celebrate the birthday and generosity of Betty Nelson. For more information, visit wisconsinart.org

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