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Day of Games raises over $13,000 for library

Friday, June 1, 2012

'A Day of Games', a fundraiser featuring brunch, bridge and bunko -- and a large silent auction -- raised over $13,000 for McIver's Grant Public Library's new building on Saturday, April 28. Just a month later, event coordinators presented a check to members of the Library Board in front of the new facility. From left, front, Library Board and Friends of McIver's Grant Public Library members Kay Fowlkes, Penny Hearn Law, Bob Harrington, Joan Ryland, Keri Heckethorn, Katie Winchester, Nancy West; back, Carol Harris, Porter Ryland and McIver's Grant Library Director Sharon Simpson.
McIver's Grant Public Library's new building was the beneficiary of a recent day of fun that raised over $13,000 toward the capital campaign for the new facility.

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.

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Dyersburg may not have any jobs, no money to attract factories/businesses but we can all take consulation in going to our new 3 million dollar library and reading about the good life. We can walk (no gas to drive) by the millin dollars schools which now the Board of Education says they need $300,000. The priorities of our elected officials at home and Especially in Washington are all Messed up!

-- Posted by IHeardThat on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 6:52 AM

Good job, great to see people doing something to make Dyersburg a better place to live vs complaining. This is going to be a great asset for our community.

Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by ukwildcats on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 11:09 AM

Will there be a separate Genealogy room in the new library? When will it be open? It seems there have been so many fund raisers but little progress on the building that we can see from the outside. Is there construction work going on inside using the money?

-- Posted by sophronia on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 4:12 PM

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