A Day of Games, slated to take place at the Lannom Center on the last Saturday of April, will feature a hearty brunch, a silent auction and bridge and bunko tournaments.
"We have collected 75 silent auction items from this wonderful community," said A Day of Games Chair Penny Hearn Law. "We have some very unique things and some very wonderful things. Everyone has been so generous and supportive of our efforts and of the new library. This community is fantastic."
The fundraiser will take place at the Lannom Center from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 28.
Residents attending will be greeted with a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Mary or cup of punch as they peruse tables filled with silent auction items.
"Around the perimeter of the room will be silent-auction items," said Law. "Each item will be displayed with the item's description and its value. Some items will have a minimum bid."
Auction items already on the list are expected to bring $15 to $500 each. Participants will have a chance to bid on the items before brunch is served. The menu features a full plate, including egg casserole, scones, mini-muffins and fruit.
After brunch, there will be time for more bidding before the bunko and bridge tournaments begin.
Tickets are on sale for $50 through Saturday, April 21.
Members of McIver's Grant Public Library's Capital Campaign Board and Library Board have been meeting with bridge clubs and bunko groups throughout the West Tennessee community to promote the event.
Bridge and bunko players are invited to enter with partners, who will stay together through the entire tournament.
Bridge partners with the highest bridge score will win $100 each.
The highest bunko score will also earn $100, with another $100 awarded to the bunko player with the most Big Bunkos.
Law said organizers would like to see the event become an annual tradition, with a plaque featuring each year's winners displayed in the library.
"For years, the library's fundraising department has been dormant," said Library Board member Nancy West. "We have not asked the community for a lot of money, but this need is ongoing. This is not just $3 million to complete a building, we are improving our facility and will need funds for materials, utilities, salaries. ... Fundraising must continue. The library needs to remain on the minds of generous Dyer Countians when they make out their charitable contributions."
Since January, members of both boards have been working hard on the fundraiser, collecting silent-auction items, spreading the word and selling tickets.
"Our initial goal was to sell 120 tickets," said Law. "But we hope to sell more."
Board members are just over halfway to their goal in ticket sales, with Law stating that residents do not have to participate in the tournaments to enjoy the day.
"(Those) who do not play bridge or bunko are still invited to attend the day," said Law. "They can enjoy brunch, the silent auction and socialize with family and friends. It will be a fun day."
Law also said the day is not for ladies only. Several men are purchasing tickets, intent on claiming bragging rights to winning tournament play.
"The silent-auction items (already donated) are tremendous," said Law. "So far, 75 businesses and individuals have given or committed great, unique items. Anyone will be able to find an item to bid on with all the proceeds going to the library's building fund."
Businesses and individuals providing silent-auction items or in-kind donations to the library fundraiser, A Day of Games, include Abe's Rib-Eye Barn, Albert Fowlkes, Angela Wallace, Anderson Printing, Beauty and Beyond, Ben Lowery Ornamental Iron, Betty Gilmour, Bill and Julie Davis, Bill Walton Antiques, Blackberry Hill Catering, Blossoms Flowers and Gifts, Brenda Moore, C&A Company of Halls, Carol Harris, Carol McCullough, Cathy Hulgan Interior Designs, Cathy Tidwell, Charlene's, City Liquor, Coleman's Discount Home Furnishings, Company's Coming of Halls, Danny Dedmon, Dayton Keller, Debbie Moore, Dianne Donner, Donna Anderson, Dr. and Mrs. Doug Haynes, First Citizens National Bank, Floyd Speck, Frames Etc., Friends of the Library, Galleria, GE Appliance and Furniture Co., Gladys Crain, Hester Hill, Hill Top House, Hollywood Feed, Ida's Wings and Things, Ina Ashley, Jack Hatcher, Jenny Bowman, Dr. Jerry Jernigan, Johnny Hulgan Photography, Julia Ozment Smith, Karen Ozment, Lakeview Restaurant, Lizzie McWilliams, Lupo's, Magnolia Marketplace, Manner's Men's Store, Marion Goodwin, Mary Ann Wittber, Merle Norman, Missy Smitheal, Parkview Florist, Paula Mohead, Pennington's Seed and Supply Co., Porter and Joan Ryland, Red Bond, Rose Nails, Safari Park, Salon 426, Sandy Hearn Martin, Servpro, Sez Sew Inc., Sherry Dunlap, Sherry Guthrie, Something Beautiful, Stanfield's Nursery, Sunpoint Pool and Patio, Tempe's, Tencom Technology Inc., Teresa Willis, Tim Ozment, USA Nails, Village Tailor and Wine and Spirit of Halls.
Tickets will remain on sale for $50 through Saturday, April 21.
More information and tickets are available from McIver's Grant Public Library at 285-5032, Kay Fowlkes at 285-4364, A Day of Games Co-Chair Joan Ryland at 285-4438 or Law at 286-4083.