Pima County Public Library workers raise $7,011 in one day for Community Food Bank of Southern ArizonaWednesday, April 18th, 2012
When the employees of the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) come together for a good cause, it is an understatement to say that they go “all out.” A raffle drawing, a spinning prize wheel, special themed gift baskets, a silent auction, and outrageously competitive bidding wars during a live auction last Friday created an exciting buzz and a lot of laughter at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue.
On April 13th, library workers raised $7,011 in a single day to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Different library branches and staff members joined efforts and creative juices to assemble generous gift baskets of donated and handmade items that were awarded to the happy winners during the raffle drawing. Several businesses also donated gift cards and a variety of goods for baskets with themes including: Staycation, Let’s Get Fit, Go Local, Wellness, Exotic Food, Gardening & Seeds, Cookies Galore, and Car Care. Some of the items donated by PCPL employees included: pickled peppers, a basket of homemade jelly and biscuits; hand-knit and hand-painted items; a vase of homegrown antique roses; glass sculptures, handmade quilts, and jewelry; homegrown Greek oregano; and a garden consultation with a Master Gardener.
A framed landscape photograph created and donated by an employee’s spouse garnered the highest live auction bid at $170.
By the numbers:
- PCPL employees have raised and donated a total of $77,072 for this annual event since 1995.
- PCPL employees raised $190 at the first event in 1995.
- Pima County Public Library includes 27 branches and 1 affiliate library in Oro Valley.
- Every $1 donated equals $9.50 worth of food for the Community Food Bank.
“It’s amazing what people will do for a great cause like the food bank,” said Kristi Bradford, Branch Manager at Nanini Library and this year’s event coordinator. “In an hour-and-a-half, we can make a world of difference.”
A summary of the total contributions made by Pima County Public Library during the annual raffle and auction event over the last 18 years:
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About Pima County Public Library
The Pima County Public Library (PCPL) enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact, and grow. With 28 libraries serving diverse communities across Pima County in southern Arizona, PCPL provides a wide range of free services that contribute to the economic development of the community and provide individuals with educational and recreational opportunities to improve their lives. For more information, visit www.library.pima.gov or call 791-4010.