Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beloit Public Library Raises $1.5 Million in Initial Phase of Campaign

Link to June 4 Beloit Daily News article, "Library sees big campaign bucks".

Excerpt: The Beloit Public Library raised $1.5 million as part of its initial fundraising campaign.

This successful completion of the “Say Hello to the New Beloit Public Library” capital campaign comes approximately one year after the library moved to its current location at 605 Eclipse Blvd.

“The first fundraising call I did was 14 months ago,” said Nancy Forbeck, a fundraising committee member. “That was such a terrible time to be raising money so it really makes the whole success of this something to be thrilled about.”

Forbeck said she and the rest of the fundraising committee are thankful for the tremendous generosity of local businesses, foundations and individuals who made the campaign a success.

They are particularly grateful for the support from the Hendricks Family Foundation ($500,000), the Beloit Foundation ($250,000), the Beloit Public Library Foundation ($250,000), Kerry Ingredients Inc. ($75,000), Regal Beloit Corporation ($50,000), and the Neese Family Foundation ($50,000).

The City of Beloit paid $7.7 million for the construction of the new facility, but the $1.5 million went toward the furniture, fixtures and equipment including 46 new computers.

The public library board is now turning to the Beloit community to finish the campaign

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