Sunday, April 26, 2009

EGR Time Capsule: Celebrating the 50th Birthday of the East Grand Rapids Library - Fundraiser

The Friends of the Library of East Grand Rapids, the Library staff and the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation rallied together for a wonderful fundraiser, Saturday evening, April 25, 7:00 - 9:30. The event included a silent and live auction of items and events, such as a week at a cottage on Lake Michigan, a chance to ride in the fire truck in the 4th of July parade, choice seats in the new press box for the East v Lowell home game, a signed and framed Chris Van Allsburg poster and many other interesting and fun items.

The party was catered by Ramona's Table and Graydon's Crossings, Gaslight Village restaurants. The food was varied and delicious! We have great eateries in our city!

One of our favorite local musical groups, Potato Moon, entertained. The members of this group are East residents and so musically talented!

The library staff and Friends of the Library created activity tables from the decades, 1950s to the present. The history of the EGR Library accompanied each decade represented.

1990's table

Gale and Diane Demarest, Sam Helmrick, Friends of the Library

Gail Haebich and Pamela VanderPloeg, current KDL Assistant Director, former EGR Manager

Dawn Lewis, current manager and Geil DeYoung, former manager

1980's table

1960's table. Jacque and John Miller. Jacque was a former assistant library manager.

Helen Salan, Rita and Stuart Citron, Dawn Lewis and Tony Barnes

Former library manager, Gail DeYoung and Kent District Library Director, Martha Smart, had a good time seeing friends, co-workers and former library employees!

1970's table

1950's table

Gail Haebich and Gail DeYoung, former assistant manager and manager of EGR Library

Birthday cake!

Brian Donovan, City Manager, ticket man!

All around the library!

Potato Moon

Karen Brower, city clerk, Tony Barnes, Community Foundation

Live Auction!

Mary and Tom Christensen, Friends of the EGR Library

Over 100 people attended this event. All proceeds will benefit the Library and the Community Foundation. Thanks to all who came, had fun and supported this worthy event.

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