More than 50 guests joined us for breakfast Friday, January 29th, at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center to celebrate the accomplishments of our most valued supporters—the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. Not only were Friends treated to breakfast, they were also treated to a 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winning author as well!
Elizabeth Fenn is the Walter and Lucienne Driskill Professor of Western American History at the University of Colorado Boulder and author of Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2015. The author’s talk was much like her book, both academic and approachable, enriching our understanding of the Mandan People, their culture and history.
Hosting an event with a great author was a terrific way to honor our Friends – those who have contributed so much to the Foundation and JCPL last year. In 2015, Friends of JCPL:
- Volunteered a grand total of 8,750 hours, a contribution that’s valued at $201,862.50*
- Helped raise $136,276 between the Spring and Fall Whale of a Used Book Sales
- Ran the Friends Gift & Book Shop at Belmar Library, which raised more than $38,000
- Sorted, scanned, priced and boxes more than 300,000 books, which stocked our used book sales
- Hosted the annual Rare & Novel Night benefit, which raised more than $21,000
What more can be said then: Thank you, Friends!
*The Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, values each volunteer hour in Colorado at $23.07.