Big Wave fundraising dinner garners $2,700

Work is underway renovating the interior of North Tillamook Library in Manzanita, and thanks to successful fundraising in January, the renovation is fully funded.

On January 26, 80 Library Lovers enjoyed a spaghetti dinner at the Big Wave contributed by owners Brian and Carol Williams.  Event proceeds totaled $2,700 from tickets, donations and the silent auction of an Allen Olson bowl; $1,700 will be used to pay for new furniture, including reading lounge chairs and tables and chairs for library staff.  The remaining $1,000 is budgeted for 2016 general maintenance.

Big Wave owners Carol and Brian Williams with Library Lovers Event Chair Gail Young.


“Our community is so supportive of the library,” said Gail Young, board member and event chair, the event was sold out in December.  I believe our friends love coming together to celebrate what this library means to our community.”

This is the second Library Lovers’ Dinner that Brian and Carol Williams have hosted.

“When the Williams first offered their services to the library in 2014, we were reeling from water damage to the building,” said Kay Stepp, board president.  “They saved the day then.  This year, when we were struggling with how to find the money to pay for much needed new furniture, Brian called again. They are, indeed, our guardian angels.”

Also, in support of needed new furniture restricted gifts of $900 were received in December and the silent auction of library furniture prior to the closing netted $1,177.

Good news for the library renovation continued when The Ford Family Foundation awarded North Tillamook Library a grant for $5,531, specifically to extend the renovation into the Children’s Room, repairing the floor, installing new carpet, painting and redoing the lighting.

The Ford Family Foundation, located in Roseburg, Oregon, was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford.  Its mission is promoting “successful citizens and vital rural communities” in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.

“We are so appreciative of The Ford Family Foundation Grant,” said Stepp.  “This generous donation makes it possible for us to renovate the entire interior and ensure an attractive learning environment for the children of north Tillamook County.”

Renovation will continue through February.  The reopening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m.

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