We put the fun in fundraising

AT THE LIBRARY

Fundraising is an everyday part of a library director’s life. So, as an assistant library director, I don’t really have much to do with fundraising, beyond telling people how much I love the library and give us money.

Now, as the acting library director, I was excited to be a major part of MCL’s Second Annual Putting for Pages, mini golf fundraising event. The slogan I came up with was, “We put the FUN in fundraising!”

OK, not very original but it motivated me. I wanted this to be fun. Title sponsors had to be found as well as sponsors for 18 holes of mini golf and all of the food. Our title sponsors were Norlin Warehousing, Geisinger and Dr. and Mrs. Philip Quinn.

I can’t take all of the credit. Really, I can’t take any of the credit. The library board of directors did all of the work, especially Sara Buffington, who set up the event and worked tirelessly to coordinate everything, and Corrinne Pierce, a former board member who brought in many of our sponsors.

At this point, you might be thinking, What?

There is a company in Connecticut called Library Mini Golf. They offer interesting and challenging courses, based on the layout of your library, as well as the greens, bumpers, holes, flags and, in some cases, the obstacles. The “mini golf guy” came in a white van with bags and bags of stuff and, with the help of the students from National Honor Society and the Academy, dragged in all of the greens, clubs, holes and prizes and set up a miniature golf course inside the library.

Friday night was “adults only,” well, really, over-21-years-of-age night. While playing, participants enjoyed music by Skip Leeper. He played the piano all night and never once took a break. Thank you, Skip, for sharing your talent. We enjoyed your music so much.

Family Fun Day was on Saturday with about 96 kids and their parents playing golf. There were a few grown-ups without kids playing, too!

Of course, everybody wants to know if all of this effort helped us reach our fundraising goals. I say most definitely yes! Over the course of a day and a half, 190 library fans had fun and thought of the library in a different kind of way. Public support of the Mifflin County Library is priceless. And we raised $8,400 while we were at it.

Special thanks to those who made this possible, including our 2018 library board of directors: Brett Rogers, president; Keith Altiery, VP; Ben Rager, treasurer; Margy Zook, secretary; Chrissy Bagrosky, Sara Buffington, Jeff Ingram, Cindy Kennedy and Scott Noerr.

Hole and Hole-in-One Sponsors: Central Insurers Group; Cricket Wireless@One Stop Communication; Bobby Rahal Toyota of Lewistown; Juniata Valley Bank; Jake’s Golf Carts; Lewistown Kiwanis Club; MCS Bank; Association of Mifflin County Educators; and Women of the Moose Lewistown Chapter 212.

Refreshment sponsors: Molly Kinney, Susan Miriello and Kathy Knarr; Bobby Rahal Toyota of Lewistown; Lake Chevrolet Inc.; First Quality Baby Products; United Way of Mifflin-Juniata; Noerr’s International; Cindy and John Kennedy; Bob Richard State Farm; Crider-Mitchell; Burnt Timbers Winery; Lingle Distributing; Ferguson Valley Storage; Valley View Rehab; Norlin Warehousing Services; and Argina LLC.

Media sponsor: The Sentinel.

Tee and green sponsors: Boulevard Station Car Wash; The Square Cafe and Bakery; Everence Federal Credit Union; First National Bank; Greater Vision Eye Associates; Hartley’s Potato Chips; Kish Bank; Kish Financial Solutions; National Honor Society; Boyer and Ritter; Randy and Joann Loht; Lerch RV; Su and Mark Salvatore; Lewistown Elks Club 663; Sheaffer Dodge Chrysler Jeep; South Side Hoagie Shop; Lingle Distributing; Stone Arch Real Estate/Teri Smith; Valley View Rehab; and FNB Wealth Management.

Additional support provided by: FOXPRO; Rich Coast Coffee; Seven Mountains Winery; South Side Hoagie Shop; Auto Zone; Penn State Master Gardeners of the Juniata Valley; Advanced Auto; Sara and Mike Buffington; Friends of the Mifflin County Library; Big Daddy’s Grill N Chill; and MCS Bank.

Playing mini golf in the library is the idea of Dr. Molly Kinney, who was instrumental in getting the golf ball rolling two years ago. Molly is on extended medical leave. But she will be back!

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Susan Miriello is the acting library director of the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading “Holmes Entangled” by Gordon McAlpine. There are no monsters in this book, but it is about alternate realities. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is not the creator of Sherlock Holmes in this book, rather he is his client and Holmes must try to discover who is trying to kill him.

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