June 7, 2007
The Library Foundation's Open a Modern Classic capital campaign has topped the halfway point for private fund raising. Three leadership contributions totaling more than $3 million were announced today, bringing the amount raised to nearly $13 million, according to Tom Heywood, president of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County.
Three families with a strong philanthropic history in the Kanawha Valley have made substantial pledges over the past several months during the "quiet" phase of the campaign. The Elizabeth H. and H. B. Wehrle Foundation and members of the Wehrle family have pledged approximately $1.4 million; descendants of the John Lewis and Maude Hubbard Dickinson family recently pledged $1 million; and descendants of the Charles Cameron and Nellie Alderson Dickinson have made a gift of more than $1 million to the campaign.
The campaign is very active at this time, with scores of volunteers actively engaged in fundraising efforts on an organized basis, according to Heywood. Private fund raising will continue through December 2008 and is well on pace to reach the campaign goal.
Naming opportunities for the new Main Library are available at $125,000 and above.
"These gifts and the many other contributions and pledges we have received to date demonstrate a truly remarkable level of support for libraries across our community," said Heywood. "We wish to thank our benefactors and the entire community for their strong support and generous contributions to this campaign."
The total cost of the projects, which include a new flagship library in Charleston, two new branch libraries and major improvements to four other branches, is $50 million. Half of the funding will come from private contributions, and half from a variety of public funding sources. Ground breaking for the new Main Library is anticipated in 2009.