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Harford County Public Library Foundation Raises Record Amount
Evening in the Stacks

December 2016

Some of the guests and committee members at the gala










“The Godfather” met Harford County Public Library at “An Evening the Stacks: 70 Years in the Family Business” on Nov. 5.

Celebrating Harford County Public Library’s 70th anniversary, the Abingdon Library was transformed into a reception for the Don’s daughter featuring the Don’s ballroom for dancing, oysters and bourbon in his office, a wedding cake donated by Lotz of Sweets as well as a chance to gamble in a Vegas-style casino.

More than 700 guests and sponsors raised over $103,000, a record breaker, to support various library programs. The gala was led by honorary chairs Frank and Rosemary Hajek from Frank Hajek & Associates in Bel Air.

The evening’s menu featured hors d’oeuvres and stations by Laurrapin and Wegmans with desserts from Flavor Cupcakery, Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli and Wegman’s. Specialty drinks, microbrews, a bourbon bar and gourmet coffee/tea were provided by Coffee Coffee, Jim’s BottleWorks, Independent Brewing Company and Laurrapin.

A live auction included a trip to the Adriatic Coast of Italy; a girls day out followed by date night in Washington, D.C.; dinner for 10 catered by Laurrapin; a children’s birthday party in the newly renovated Children’s Department at the Bel Air Library; naming a street in the Town of Bel Air; tickets to Harford County’s top galas and events in 2017; tickets and dinner to the Orioles’ opening day in 2017; and a seven-night stay at Legacy Dunes Resort in Kissimmee Fla.

The funds raised by the gala will be used for various projects including the Rolling Reader, Silver Reader, Little Leapers, Little Leapers 3.5, Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading, STREAM (including the “r” for reading and “a” for art) initiatives, author discussions and speaker series, purchase of new materials, nonprofit grant database and other innovative programming initiatives.

“What an amazing evening to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Harford County Public Library,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “The generosity of the Harford County community amazes me every single day. The funds raised by the gala will be used to support many important library initiatives, including the Summer Reading Challenge for children and teens and for STREAM programs like our LEAP Kits, which build a love and interest in science and our new musical instrument collection.”

Presenting sponsors were Richardson’s, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Waste Industries and Wegmans. Headlining sponsors were led by I95 BUSINESS, The Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Daily Record, Events By I Did It Myself, Frank Hajek & Associates, Hart to Heart Transportation, Web IXI, Keene Dodge, The Kelly Group, Laurrapin, M&T Bank, Revolution Event Design and Production, Peoples Bank and WXCY 103.7 FM. Premier sponsors were Allstate/McCool Insurance, APGFCU, Booz Allen Hamilton, Comcast, Harford Mutual, Huether-McClelland Foundation, Jim’s BottleWorks, Joseph’s, Manns Woodward Studios, NVS Salon Spa, Oak Contracting, LLC,  PNC Bank, Select Event Rentals,  Spa on the Boulevard and TENAX Technologies. Supporting and Contributing sponsors may be found at

This 12th annual “Evening in the Stacks” was organized by the Harford County Public Library Foundation. The foundation raises funds to augment the financial resources of Harford County Public Library and to promote awareness of its services. For more information, visit I95