Annual event raises funds for library programs and materials
The Stanislaus Library Foundation will host its annual fundraising gala on September 14, with special guest speaker Michael Lella, whose father, Pino Lella, now 92, is the subject of the novel, “Beneath a Scarlet Sky.” All proceeds will benefitchildren’s programs at the library’s 13 branches countywide, including the Summer Reading program, which serves more than 11,000 school-age children each year.
“Beneath A Scarlet Sky” is based on the true story of one of World War II’s forgotten heroes, Pino Lella. It is the triumphant and epic tale of this young man’s incredible courage andresilience during one of history’s darkest hours. Michael Lella will provide attendees with aunique perspective on his father’s life as well as how he was able to help the book’s author, Mark Sullivan, craft the compelling story.
“The Gala is the Foundation’s primary annual fundraiser,” said Board Chair Jane Manley.“Funds raised this evening will provide for the Stanislaus Library Foundation’s continuedemphasis on a collaborative effort to improve literacy for all, by providing children and teenreading programs, the expansion for the library’s electronic mobile resources, including eBooks, and eMagazines, and its growing Youth Outreach Services.”
Event co-chair Carol Shour said, “Guests will enjoy a sumptuous meal and an elegant evening in a lovely, intimate garden setting.”
The evening will include a silent auction for a half-dozen high-value items, as well as a special effort to raise money to refresh the children’s book collections at all library branches. A limited number of tickets, at $140 each, are available. For tickets call (209) 634-3592 or (209) 523-9083. Additional information is available at www.stanislauslibraryfoundation.org.
Event sponsors include TSM Insurance, Beard Land Development, Mocse Credit Union, McHenry Bowl, Cardoza Family Foundation, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Crawford Financial Planning, The Modesto Bee and others.
About the Stanislaus Library Foundation
Established in 1994, the Stanislaus Library Foundation enriches lives in our community by raising funds to support key library programs, increasing awareness, and advocating for a vital library. The Foundation supports the Summer Reading Program for children and teens, which keeps more than 11,000 youngsters reading during the summer. The Foundation also lendssupport to the Teen Book Club for youths in the county’s juvenile detention system, and the 1,000Books Before Kindergarten program.