On May 2, the West Palm Beach Library Foundation hosted an unbelievably successful gala. The gala was held at the Mandel Public Library in West Palm Beach to honor Barbara and Morton Mandel. The Mandel Foundation recently donated $5 million to rear the library system and kick-start its new programs.
The theme of the gala was “Imagine.” Teams of volunteers worked together to convert the library into a wonderland. The children’s area of the library was transformed into the dining room, where the tables were lined with pages from used books and donned handcrafted centerpieces. 150 guests enjoyed a three-course dinner catered by Sandy James Fine Foods, and the Wine Trade Inc. donated the wines for the evening. A beautiful chocolate cake with an image of the Library and the Mandels made a wonderful presentation.
The Honorary Chair of the event was the best selling author, James Patterson. There was also a special guest, Kermit, a therapy dog who is a local celebrity at the West Palm Beach Public Library. Kermit makes weekly appearances at the library to help children with reading.
The West Palm Beach Library Foundation is a wonderful institute that supports the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The foundation places tremendous focus on supporting the library system and the literacy of our younger generations. The West Palm Beach Library Foundation has been successful at harnessing support, which enhances traditional tax-support. The mission of the foundation is: “To help expand the library's programs, enhance services and strengthen the book and media collections to preserve the past, empower lives today and build for the future”. For more information, visit The West Palm Beach Public Library.
The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization and independent from the City of West Palm Beach, was formed to support the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The Foundation, free of any political process or influence, will secure financial and in-kind donations to enhance programs, services, collections and technology that the city’s reasonable operating budget cannot encompass.Photo Credit: The West Palm Beach Library Foundation