“Books are a gift you can open more than once,” said B.K. Fulton, Verizon President, during a check presentation at Kanawha County Public Library’s annual basket auction on April 10. Fulton presented a check for Verizon’s final pledge payment, bringing the company’s total contribution to the Open A Modern Classic Capital Campaign to $500,000.
As a boy, Fulton visited the library, where he saw all the options available to him. “I had a chance to read about possibilities (for my future),” he said. “The possibilities excited me.” Those possibilities later in life led him to Harvard and to law school. “In each of these places, I was surrounded by great people and books,” Fulton said. “Verizon is happy to invest in the future of our young people in this state.”
The Verizon check presentation was one of the highlights of the fourth annual A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket auction presented by the Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County. The event raised more than $30,000 to support programming for children and families at KCPL libraries. More than 60 baskets were auctioned in silent and live auctions at the law offices of Farmer, Cline and Campbell.
The event is co-sponsored by Dow Chemical; Kanawha Valley Advertising; Lisa and Larry Pack; NTV Asset Management, LLC; Proud Eagle, Inc.; The Segal & Davis Family Foundation; Standard Distributing/Kendall-Jackson; Don Tate/FasChek; Tyler Mountain Water; Steve and Katy White; ZMM Architects & Engineers, Inc.