ST. PETE BEACH – Thanks to a ground swell of community support, the St. Pete Beach Library’s $10,000 donor challenge has been met.
The library had been seeking $10,000 in donations by a March 15 deadline to match a $10,000 commitment from another St. Pete Beach resident.
The call was heard. A total of $16,250 was raised by the deadline.
Altogether, more than $32,000 has now been raised for the library’s Reimagine Renovation Campaign, which will continue into 2015 with a goal of reaching $700,000 for the library expansion and renovation project.
A grant application will be submitted this month to the state of Florida seeking additional funds from the Public Library Construction Grant Program. Also, the City Commission passed a resolution regarding support for the project earlier this week.
According to library officials, the early success at fundraising has further energized its campaign organizers. A team of volunteers will be at several upcoming community events to solicit donations and inform community residents about the project.
Library Administrator Phyllis Ruscella is also available to speak with local civic groups and organizations about the project.
Donations may be made via mail or in-person. Credit card donations can only be made in person at the Library, 365 73rd Ave.