Bernardsville Library Foundation
Homes of Distinction 2017
Please join us on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4th, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the U.S. Equestrian Team Stable and Carriage Barn for our seventh annual “Homes of Distinction” benefiting the Bernardsville Library Foundation. Located in Gladstone, the U.S.E.T. historic Hamilton Farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It’s an elegant place to spend the afternoon socializing, shopping the silent auction and wine pull. Enjoy appetizers provided by The Bernards Inn, cocktails in a conversation area designed by Jeffrey B. Haines, Butlers of Far Hills, and a live jazz performance by duo John Zweig and Rick Crane.
Contributing at a higher level helps the library and entitles ticket holders to attend additional special programs on June 4. Benefactor pre-events begin at 1:00 pm with a visit to a nearby private estate to view an exceptional collection of antique carriages, coaches and sleighs. This will be followed by specialty hors d’oeuvres and a history presentation by W. Barry Thomson in the Hamilton Farm Trophy Room beginning at 2:00 pm. Reservations at both levels will are now available at the library. Click here to download the response card with details about the event.
Local businesses are urged to support this event by advertising in the Keepsake Journal (same reasonable rates as last year!), donating to the Silent Auction and Wine Pull, and attending the event. Click here to see the 2106 Faircourt Keepsake Journal. All proceeds benefit Bernardsville Public Library. Thank you to past supporters! For details on advertising opportunities this year, please click here. To get a form for donating to the silent auction and purchasing an ad in the Keepsake Journal, click here. To get the form for buying a Keepsake Journal ad, click here.
To make this the best possible Wine Pull, everyone is invited to donate a bottle of wine. Drop it off at the Library’s Circulation Desk after filling out the donation form.
The mission of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, a volunteer organization, is to be a source of private funding to enable the outstanding Bernardsville Public Library to continue to operate at a level of excellence without regard to variations in public funding.
Click here to donate to our Endowment Fund to ensure the long-term success of our Library.
Click here to view our current appeal letter.
What We Do
Homes of Distinction
Our 2016 Homes of Distinction fundraiser was a huge success! More than 220 people attended a cocktail party reception and silent auction on Sunday, May 15, at Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor. The Tuscan style 30,000 square-foot villa sits on 15 acres landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. The home was featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. For those who attended, payments in excess of $50 per person are tax-deductible.
Homes of Distinction 2015 was held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Little Brook Farm. Special thanks to homeowners Monique and Gregg Seibert. More than 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and special presentation on the history of the Farm by Barry Thomson.
Donations to Meet Library’s Current Budget Shortfall
Foundation President Leslie Brown-Witt was pleased to present a $70,000 check to the Library in 2014 and an additional gift in the amount of $45,000 in August 2015. But it is imperative we receive continuing support from town residents for the Library.
Funding provided by our Borough Council exceeds state-mandated requirement, but rising costs and lowered property values have left us with an uncomfortably tight budget. That’s why the Foundation has been challenged to raise $100,000 to meet the Library’s shortfall for 2015 and why the “most important place in our town” needs your help.
We’re grateful that several generous citizens have agreed to help us reach this goal: Drs. Neill and Julia Johnson have offered $10,000 with a dollar-for-dollar challenge match for any size donation… and an additional anonymous donor has offered a second $15,000 matching grant for gifts of $1,000 or more.
Please send in your donation today – in whatever amount you can.
Long-term efforts are also underway to fund an endowment that will generate income for Library operations in the future. The goal is to fund the endowment to ensure a secure future for the Bernardsville Public Library. In addition, the Bernardsville Library Foundation welcomes bequests of any size in individual estate planning, pledges paid over time, and insurance beneficiary designations.
Please click here for information about making a gift to the Foundation. Your help is urgently needed to offset budget restrictions that could reduce library hours and services.
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