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Jungle Book Ball Will Help Library Achieve Goals, Complete Renovation

Category: GEPL News
Posted: July 17, 2017

By: Ann Piccininni, Marketing and Graphics Production Clerk

Save the Date: Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 7-10 pm | Glen Ellyn Public Library | The Jungle Book Ball: A Glen Ellyn Library Foundation Special Event Benefitting the Glen Ellyn Public Library | Tantalizing Local Fare ~ One-of-a-Kind Auctions ~ Open Bar"The Jungle Book Ball is coming, November 4! The second floor of the library will be transformed into a lavish venue befitting a formal event.

Rent your tux, get your ball gown ready and purchase tickets now, while early bird prices are still in effect. Early release tickets are available through Friday, September 8 for $110 per person; after that, the price increases to $150.

The ball is a fundraiser presented by the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation. This nonprofit organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors, is an independent, tax-exempt entity devoted to bringing high-quality library services to the public in an attractive, state-of-the-art facility. “The mission of the Foundation is to support the goals and offerings of the library,” said Foundation President Kelley Kalinich.

Since its founding in 1998, the Foundation has built and maintained an endowment fund intended to help support the library’s mission for generations to come. The endowment fund is supported by both planned giving and fundraising. Donations are deposited in the endowment account and interest earned is donated to the library to help pay for special projects.

Conceptual Rendering of the Circulation AreaOne of those projects is the library’s ongoing renovation, which is currently approaching its third phase. Following the 2014 remodeling of the Adult Department and the 2015 remodeling of the Youth Department, the library is preparing for renovations on the remaining sections of the first floor, including improvements in the Circulation Desk area and meeting rooms. Plans call for the installation of a drive-up window and a café.

The meeting room makeovers will positively impact programs such as the Summer Lunch Program. The library partners with a local school district and the Northern Illinois Food Bank to provide lunch for children 18 and under during the summer months when school is not in session.

Fundraising is one important way the Foundation rallies financial support. The Foundation ensures that all funds raised are used to help the library achieves its objectives. “The monies will go directly, 100 percent to the initiatives and needs of the library,” Kalinich said.

The Foundation Board decided to re-introduce the idea of a gala event by presenting The Jungle Book Ball. “We felt we needed a more targeted effort toward fundraising,” Kalinich said. “We saw it as something that would really involve the community. We don’t want to work in isolation.” The Foundation presented a couple of similar events about 15 years ago with much success.

The Jungle Book theme was selected because the library is celebrating its 110th anniversary. Kipling won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, the same year the Glen Ellyn Public Library was officially founded. The Jungle Book Ball is not only a fundraiser, it’s a celebration of the library’s 110th anniversary.

With a theme that evokes Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tale of Mowgli and his jungle adventures, the evening will be a formal-attire affair featuring dishes served by Glen Ellyn’s finest restaurants, an open bar, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions.

A limited number of early release tickets, available through Friday, September 8, are priced at $110 per person. Prologue VIP tickets, which entitle the bearer to attend a VIP hour beginning at 6 pm, are $200 per person. After September 8, the general ticket price will be $150 per person while Prologue VIP tickets will be $300 per person. The evening is scheduled to go from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at gepl.org/ball.

Sponsorship opportunities at a variety of giving levels are also available.

If you can’t make it to The Jungle Book Ball but would like to donate to the Foundation to help the library realize its goals, there are a number of options available. Ways to donate include naming opportunities and commemorative gifts. Tax deductible cash gifts may be given. The library may also be named as a beneficiary of a trust or as the recipient of a bequest or insurance policy. Planned giving accounts for a significant portion of the Foundation’s income.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit gepl.org/foundation.

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