Friends raise about $1,300 for library Saturday

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Friends of the Lincoln Library raised about $1,300 at its “Let’s Do Lunch for our Libraries” last Saturday. That’s according to Friends volunteer Shirley Russell, who said the fundraiser was to help save Lincoln’s libraries. According to Andy McMurtrie, who helped organize the event, 47 residents turned out to show their support for the library and were treated to entertainment and lunch. “It went fabulous, we had very good entertainment and good food,” McMurtrie said. “It was a way to kick start getting library fundraising started.” In addition to the $25 admission price, the fundraiser also raised money for library programs through raffle prizes, which cost $1 a raffle ticket, according to McMurtrie. She said 212 tickets were sold. During the luncheon, Micah Dan the Magic Man performed and McMurtrie said “he was received well” by the crowd. “Micah Dan did a tremendous job, and someday, we’ll see him on the big stage,” McMurtrie said. “He’s amazing how he can handle the audience.” A skit written by Lincoln author Arloa Walters was also performed. Kathy Dorsey, one of the skit’s performers, said it was about “five older women who are treated like they are invisible so they start shoplifting.” “It was a fun afternoon,” Dorsey said. “It just brought the community together and I felt a very strong sense of community.” She said sponsors included the Women’s Club, who donated the event venue, and KIP Electric, who donated the use of microphones. McMurtie said other sponsors included Stan Nader and Wardrobe. Friends of the Lincoln Library president Verna Rowe was also pleased with the event. “It was a very nice luncheon with delightful good entertainment,” Rowe said. “We also had a couple of poets that read very clever poems about the library and how important libraries are.” Evelyn Stecher wrote one of the poems read, and called the event “beautiful.” She said her favorite part of the lunch was “meeting so many people who had such a deep interest in the library.” Rowe said future fundraisers will be planned.