As construction continues to transform the former grocery store in downtown Dyersburg into a state-of-the-art, ADA-compliant community resource, volunteers are still busy coordinating fundraisers to aid the campaign's bottom line.
One such fundraiser, A Day of Games, hosted at the Lannom Center April 28, cleared $13,243.50 for the library. With a hearty brunch, a silent auction and bridge and bunko tournaments, the day was designed as a treat for local residents as well as a fundraiser for the much-needed improvements to the library.
"Saturday, April 28 was a fun and exciting day for everyone who attended," said Day of Games chair Penny Hearn Law. "I cannot tell you how surprised, amazed and excited I was to see all the people who attended, who participated in the silent auction and who had a wonderful time on a beautiful Saturday."
Over 100 people attended the event, with 125 tickets pre-sold. Over 125 silent auction items were sold. The tournaments featured 13 tables of bridge and three tables of bunko.
Etta West and Wanda Ray won the bridge tournament, with Patsye Jones and Bonnie Temke winning the bunko tournament.
If the fundraiser becomes an annual event, Law said the names of the winners will be engraved on a plaque that will hang on the wall of the new library.
"We had 75 businesses and individuals who donated over 140 silent auction items," said Law. "We had 20 businesses and individuals who graciously donated 'in-kind' donations, which added to the success of the day. This community supported this important fundraiser by purchasing tickets, making monetary donations, allowing us to borrow items, giving silent-auction items, giving in-kind donations, purchasing silent-auction items and giving of their time and talents. Words cannot express my gratitude."
Law, Day of Games co-chair Joan Ryland and committee members presented a check for $13,243.50 to Library Board members on Friday, May 25. Standing in the shadow of the new facility, the group celebrated the success of this fundraiser and the dream that is slowly becoming a reality.