Foothold on the Future Campaign Receives a Boost

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The Delray Beach Public Library recently received a surprise gift of $100,000 from Gulfstream residents and community leaders Mark and Becky Walsh to support the library’s “Foothold on the Future” campaign. Both Becky and Mark, vice president of Ocean Properties, have been involved in and supporters of the Delray Beach Public Library for more than 10 years. Becky has served on the board of directors and as co-chair of the major library fundraiser, “Laugh with the Library” for nine years. “We’ve given this gift with the hope that the new expansion will further enhance and encourage lifelong learning for the local children and teens that are the future of our community,” said the Walshes. This large, surprise gift was announced at a cocktail party given by Delray Beach residents Harvey and Virginia Kimmel recently. The Kimmels also have committed $100,000 in the form of a matching grant to the Foothold on the Future campaign, which is raising funds to renovate and expand the library’s Children’s Department by 5,000 square feet of additional and much-needed space. It will add many new resources, programs and services for the children, such as a recording studio, a children’s technology center, a mobile computer lab, a family reading center, moveable book shelves and much more. “The library is so very grateful to Mark and Becky for their continued generosity. We appreciate all of the supporters of the Foothold on the Future Campaign and hope that donations both large and small will continue to come in,” said Library Director Alan Kornblau. For more details, call 561-266-0775, email ktburmeister@delraylibrary.org or go to www.delraylibrary.org.