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Major Gift Creates New Chapter for Albion Library
(Albion, NY – January 1, 2011) With as little as $12,000 remaining to surpass their campaign goal of $990,000 by December 31, 2011, Swan Library volunteers have exceeded all expectations. According to their most recent donor roster, fundraising for the new library has reached $1,321,288 or 133% of the original goal. A gift of $250,000 by Maurice and Courtenay Hoag not only puts the project over-the-top, but will change the name of the new, single-story library building. Campaign volunteers have also announced a major gift of $100,000 from the Sawyer family.
Maurice Hoag was the Valedictorian of the Albion Central School Class of 1961. After graduating from Cornell University in 1965, where he met and married his wife Courtenay, Maurice had a 30-year career with Stauffer Chemical. Courtenay, also now retired, had a career with IBM. Today they make their home near Baltimore, Maryland.
“I’ve been away for 50 years,” said Maurice. “From what my high school friends were saying, Swan Library was in bad shape. We made a donation early in the campaign, but the more we heard about the things it was doing for kids and with computers, we increased our gift. My wife and I have never done anything like this before. This is brand new for us. But Albion can use some help. I think that a new library will be good for the town.”
“The financial support we’ve received for this project has been incredible,” said Kevin Doherty, President of the Swan Library Board of Trustees. “We thank the Hoags and our 374 other donors. For years the library’s vision - expanded parking, collection space, computer access and public meeting space in a single floor design - was just a dream. With construction well underway and financing now assured, this vision will open its doors for business in 2012 without missing a beat and with a new name.”
The capital campaign will continue through the end of January 2012. For every additional $1,000 raised over the goal, the library will save $600 in mortgage interest costs. Construction on the new structure, which will effectively double the size of the current library, is expected to be completed in six months with a July opening targeted.
“We couldn’t be any more pleased with how this project has developed,” said Campaign Chair Dick Remley. “Speaking on behalf of our volunteers, I want to thank each of our donors for their generosity. Already vital to this community, the new library has a promising future. I’m glad we had a chance to bring it to life.”
For more information on the new library project, go to www.swanlibrary.org or call 585-589-4246.