Oh What a Night!

12/3/2016 By: Julie Buckley

It was such a wonderful evening of friends and fund-raising! The revenue was over $42,000, and will result in a donation to purchase books and media for the Henderson tots-to-teen collection. What a great feeling to be a part of this effort.

We appreciate so many who contributed in various ways, beginning with this year’s Honorary chairs Mark and Colleen Hall-Patton. It’s impossible to name all the volunteers who made our event successful, but the following folks represent our stalwarts.

Collecting donations from generous local businesses started in early spring with Andrea Frazier, Dana Sheehan, Glyn Taylor and Diane Collins. That led to the creativity of building appeal-ing gift baskets, a true art done by many: Andrea Frazier, Diane Collins, Joy Tweddle, Laura Cyr, Elaine Schwartz, Teri Biordi, Donna Marchese, Tina Matheson, Kathleen Luttrell, Janett Rice, Glyn Taylor, Dahl Capello, Diane Frisby, Cindi Zidell, as well as myself. Donna Marchese made the beautiful bows for book bundles.

Kristen Jenkinson and Bob Collins spent many hours typing the shopping lists. Tish Campbell worked behind the scenes entering donation information into a database.

The library was decorated by the creative team of Joy Tweddle, Donna Marchese, Andrea Frazier and many from the library staff: Marcie Smedley, Joy Gunn, and Scott Fridly.

Stephen Roybal was a tremendous help moving baskets, supplies and so much more. Cindy Vallar, Laura Cyr and Glyn Taylor organized the wonderful volunteers who sold the chance drawings and worked the gala event. Lois Brown keeping us on track with detailed meeting minutes!

Joy Tweddle worked with designers LaLa Contreras, Evie Garfield, Carla Knoop, Ruth Weis to create lovely Christmas trees that were donated by businesses and individuals to local charities. Joy and her decorating team Elaine Schwartz, Donna Marchese and Glyn Taylor also helped with the gorgeous wreaths and hostess baskets. Web Master Joy Gunn kept up our beautiful website and helped with computer woes! Cindy Vallar worked with Andrew Kelso from the Art Institute creating our printed materials. Cindy has been invaluable in keeping us on schedule and making the whole plan come together. Trudy Casey lent her creative expertise with the computer. Friends President Marian Brown and Treasurer Alexandra Costa kept the committee on track. The evening of the Gala went smoothly due to Jeanne Brady. Allen Grant did a wonderful job as MC. Thank you to all individual donors that help make our baskets beautiful: Terri Biordi, Diana Leslie, Marie Estill, Pat Rissiford, Laura Carroll, Bob and Diane Collins, Bob and Alison Kasner and all the patrons who supported us over the years.

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