The Port Washington Library Foundation is pleased to participate in Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity.
From Thursday, December 3 through Sunday, December 6, over 70 participating Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza stores will donate 25% of designated pre-tax purchases to the participating organization(s) of the customer’s choice.
Purchases are not automatically eligible; you must register for a complimentary CHAMPION CARD. Simply designate the Port Washington Library Foundation as your charity of choice and present your CHAMPION CARD when making purchases during the event. 25% will be automatically calculated and submitted to the Port Washington Library Foundation
For more information visit championsforcharity.org or call 800.818.6767.
Friends and supporters of the Port Washington Public Library gathered on September 26, 2015 to celebrate the 12th Inspiration Gala, A Novel Affair. Guests enjoyed a grand buffet prepared by H on the Harbor and special cocktails served on the main floor and outside on the terrace. Festive raffle baskets filled the room enticing guests to try their hand at winning. Director Nancy Curtin was the emcee for the evening. The Community Service Award was given to Judy & Ted Goldsmith for their decade-long service as volunteer writing and literacy teachers with the Library’s ESOL program. There are currently four hundred students and fifty volunteer tutors in the program. Jane & Marty Schwartz were honored with the Elaine and Leonard Wurzel Public Service Award for their devotion to many important charitable organizations, including The INN, Hempstead Boys and Girls Club, ERASE Racism and North Shore Child and Family Guidance Association. Messages of congratulations and cheer were projected on large screens throughout the rooms. During her remarks Nancy Curtin said, “I have the greatest admiration for the honorees who throughout their lives and now in retirement have not thought of themselves but have focused on the needs of others. It is a privilege to know them.”
In keeping with the evening’s theme, Port Washington’s own Mark Gamell as Charles Dickens performed “Dickens Reads,” a lively theatrical take on A Tale of Two Cities written and directed by Gamell with assistance from Victorian ingénue, Lucie Mannette played by Schreiber junior Daliah Bernstein and Charles Darnay played by Schreiber senior Evan Gilmore.
When asked what donor support means for the Port Washington Library Foundation, Board President, Rob Klugman responded, “The generous and continued support pledged to the Library Foundation enables us to fund popular programs through the Library’s Advisory Councils in the areas of Art, Music, Children’s, Nautical, and Health, and Books for Dessert—a book club for adults with intellectual disabilities. The Tepper Intergenerational Fund sponsors trips to museums and other points of interest for Port Washington families. Building support has included the Spielman Story Circle renovation and the naming of the Joan and Arnold Saltzman Reading Room. These are just a few of the ways our library impacts and improves the lives of those in our community from newborns to seniors. We are grateful for the community support we receive.”
The Port Washington Library Foundation fulfills the Library trustees’ requests for funding for a variety of needs and opportunities that are not covered by the taxpayer-approved budget and has given over $1,600,000 in grants through the years. This year alone, they have raised over $1,700,000 to fund the renovation of the existing Children’s Library.
Photo credit: Barbara Brady Photography