The Grand Tour: An Evening in the Stacks
More than 700 attendees looked on as Harford County Public Library CEO Mary Hastler announced a $100,000 pledge for Schooner Cove from APG Federal Credit Union. The announcement was made at “The Grand Tour: An Evening in the Stacks,” the annual library gala held Nov. 1 at the Abingdon Library.
Schooner Cove, the children’s department in the new Havre de Grace Library, will provide innovative and interactive experiences and pretend play for children from birth to 5 years of age.
“Schooner Cove will offer the children of Havre de Grace and the region a dynamic children’s library unparalleled in the state. We are honored by APG Federal Credit Union’s significant support for this project,” Hastler said. “APG Federal Credit Union is a tremendous company with a strong focus on community involvement and early education. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with this longstanding partner.”
Don W. Lewis, president/CEO of APG Federal Credit Union, said, “At APGFCU, our mission is to build the financial health of our community. We do so by providing financial education for our neighbors of all ages, and we view our partnership with the Harford County Public Library as a great opportunity to fulfill our mission. On behalf of our board of directors, employees and members, we are honored to pledge our support of Schooner Cove in the new Havre de Grace Library. We are local people helping local people.”
Proceeds from the Nov. 1 gala will also be used to support the Havre de Grace Library renovation and expansion project. Combined sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle sales, contributions and live and silent auction bids raised $101,000, net, for the project.
Gala guests enjoyed small plates and libations by Laurrapin Grille, sushi by Wegmans, bourbon and wine selections from Jim’s BottleWorks, craft brews from DuClaw Brewing Company, coffee from Coffee Coffee and an array of decadent deserts from Wegmans, Flavor Cupcakery, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli and Les Petits Bisous.
The Edwardian-era “grand tour” ports of call décor was provided by Richardson’s Flowers & Gifts, Fandango Productions, Select Event Rentals, Grand Rental Events and Events By I Did It Myself. Entertainment included Mood Swings, caricature artist Rick Wright, rose sales by Flowers by Bauers and a mock casino sponsored by Hollywood Casinos.
Sponsors for this year’s gala were: Presenting Sponsors: APG Federal Credit Union, Nature Unlimited, Picture Perfect Patios, Richardson’s Flowers & Gifts and Saxon’s Diamond Centers; Headlining Sponsors: Comcast, EP Henry, GW Stephens, Harford’s Heart, Hart to Heart Transportation, I95 BUSINESS, Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, The Kelly Group, Lawnscape, Inc., M&T Bank, The Aegis, The Daily Record, Web IXI, Wegmans and 103.7 WXCY; Premier Sponsors: The Town Group/Audio Extreme, Diane Smith and Family, Events by I Did it Myself, Fandango Productions, Freedom Federal Credit Union, Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic, Harford Mall, Harford Mutual Insurance Company, Harford Style Magazine, Huether-McClelland Foundation, Jim’s BottleWorks, Joseph’s Department Store, Lewis Contractors, Manns Woodward Studios,
Inc., Maryland Mechanical Systems, Inc., McCool Insurance/Allstate, MNS Group, Partners In Travel, PNC Bank, Quality One, Inc, Select Event Rentals and Spa on the Boulevard. I95