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‘Friends of Library’ holds successful fundraiser


While it may not have raised quite as much money as last year, the “Friends of the Library” seventh-annual “Love Your Library” bake sale and trip raffle still brought in about $3,000 last Friday.

A significant part of that total (about $2,000) was from ticket sales for a draw to win a trip for two to Stratford, Ont., valued at $1,800, while the balance came from a bake sale, overseen by Ruth Caldwell, which featured all sorts of goodies donated by many of the 200-plus “Friends” members.

Jean Boileau, chair of the “Friends of the Library,” admitted she was a little disappointed in tickets sales for the trip draw, as only about 900 of the 1,200 printed were sold.

“I don’t know if we’ve overdone it, or if the people weren’t interested in going to Stratford,” she said, adding the grand prize also included $500 in spending money.

“There are also a lot of tickets being sold for various things out there. Of course, they all go to a good cause,” Boileau added.

The trip was won by Colleen Eyolfson.

“I was thrilled. I was pretty happy,” Eyolfson said yesterday, noting she bought just one of the tickets and didn’t think she would win.

Eyolfson noted while she hasn’t seen the theatre and other cultural programming featured in Stratford, she and her husband, Daryl, will give it a whirl during a trip this September.

Meanwhile, Brenda Morrison won the second prize—a stained glass lamp made by Ann Evans.

Heather McLeod, co-host of CBC Radio’s “Voyage North,” did the honours of making the two draws.

She was in town to do several stories, including one on the town’s centennial celebration, which already has aired, and another on the “Friends of the Library,” which will air sometime in the next few months.

Another draw for a teddy bear and $100 in loonies saw Bob Mathieson as the lucky winner while a Valentine’s Day cake, made by Edna Ossachuk, was won by Dick Lyons.

While the Valentine’s Day bake sale and raffle are a highlight for the “Friends of the Library,” Boileau noted members still have a busy year ahead of them, with events like the centennial ball in April, the annual book sale in May, and the Teddy Bear Picnic in July on their “to do” list.

Funds raised by the group likely will go towards furnishing a library expansion, though Boileau noted details of this expansion remain sketchy at this time.

In the past, “Friends of the Library” has purchased a circulation desk, oak book stands, chairs and tables, updated the library’s air conditioning system, and even installed a $30,000 security system there.

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