Library gala tradition to begin

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By Michelle Leidy-Franklin, TSnews

GODDARD – In September 2019, the Friends and Foundation of the Goddard Public Library formed to help support the library. On Friday, March 25, the foundation will host its first gala fundraiser.
The Eisenhower High School theater group will perform a murder mystery called “Who Poisoned His Meatball?” at Pathway Church. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. An auction and Italian dinner is included. The cost is $55 per person, $100 per couple or $300 for a table.
The foundation formed as a 501c3 non-profit organization in order to help the library with expenses not covered by its budget.
Shortly after the group formed, the pandemic hit the country and events were cancelled and uncertainty prevented the foundation from hosting the first gala until this year. Though the pandemic slowed progress of the foundation, it was able to host three book sales before settling on a date for the gala.
“We are very excited,” said library director April Hernandez. “It is nice to be able to hold a fun, in-person event that includes many community assets, such as the Eisenhower theater group performing the play, raffle baskets donated by area businesses, Pathway Church as a venue and live auction item donations.”
Funds raised at the gala will be used for improvements to the current library building, the mobile library truck, and for items needed in a new building that Hernandez hopes will be in the library’s near future.
Because COVID-19 shut down multiple opportunities for the high school theater group to perform, Hernandez said she was told the kids are excited to help out.
“With COVID-19, a lot of their performances didn’t get to happen,” said Hernandez. “This gives them an extra one to have fun with.”
The food will be provided by Heart of Country with meatless and gluten-free options available.
“This will be a fun, family friendly evening that everyone can enjoy,” said Hernandez.
Tickets can be purchased by going to goddardlibrary.com/friends-foundation-gala.