For Immediate Release
October 20, 2012
Susan Harman: 703-324-8300

Fairfax Library Foundation Raises Over $130,000 for Literacy, Library

Fairfax, VA –The Fairfax Library Foundation held its fourth annual A Library Jubilee! Let Loose in the Library! on Saturday, October 13th at Oakton Library in Oakton. More than 175 business and community leaders, elected officials, library patrons, benefactors and Friends Groups from Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax attended this special celebration (up nearly 50% from last year’s event) to raise funds to enhance programs and services of the Fairfax County Public Library.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment from Oakton High School as they bid in live and silent auctions, which offered vacation packages, event tickets, dinners, autographed books, and other items made available from in-kind donations.

“The increasing number of attendees demonstrates how community members are viewing the library as an increasingly vital resource,” says Susan Harman, executive director.  “We are thrilled to have the biggest turn out we’ve ever seen for this event: more sponsors, more guests, and most importantly more money raised for literacy and the Fairfax County Public Library.”

All proceeds from the Library Jubilee, co-chaired by Sushma Shenoy and Patty Reed, directly support library programs such as Early Literacy Outreach, Changing Lives through Literature, Scholarships, Author Presentations and Programs, and Books and Materials (including e-books and other electronic resources).

The Library Jubilee! was made possible through generous sponsorships. ExxonMobil, A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc., Blue Earth Foundation, Friends of the Burke Centre Library, Friends of the Pohick Regional Library, and Friends of the Sherwood Regional Library were major sponsors at the Publisher-level. Editor-level sponsors included Friends of the Kings Park Library, Friends of the Richard Byrd Library, Friends of the George Mason Regional Library, and Friends of the Oakton Library. David & Michelle Baldacci, Alan & Sally Merten, Richard & Christine Peterson, and Zulu Nyala Game Lodge were Author-level sponsors. Book Club-level sponsors were Richard & Jeanne Brady, Arthur Broeg, Jennifer Bushong, Patrick & Martha Dexter, Charles & Shirley Fegan, First Virginia Community Bank, Kathleen M. Flaherty, Friends of the Centreville Regional Library, Friends of the John Marshall Library, John A. Grimsley, Thomas & Susan Harman, Interstate Worldwide Relocation, LeonLoard, Matthews, Carter & Boyce, Morrissette Family Foundation, Jim & Martina Murphy, NOVEC, Mary Petersen, Peterson Family Foundation, Amit Saluja & Sushma Shenoy, Anita Perlut Interiors, and The Tower Club.  Many others contributed to the success of the event. 

Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Inc., doing business as Fairfax Library Foundation, is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library. The Foundation, while reinforcing the need for continued and increased public support for the library, serves as a catalyst for attracting private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to enhance library services for our community.