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Pinney Library Campaign Funds Grow

Madison Public Library Foundation’s Capital Campaign for a New Pinney Library is making substantial progress, with $1.02 million
of its $2.5 million goal raised so far.
Barrymore Benefit Concert a Success: More than 400 people attended We Gotta Get Out of This Place on September 30 featuring Sean Michael Dargan and the Back in the World Band, and Madison authors Doug Bradley and Craig Werner. The event — which raised $16,000 — relived the historic soundtrack of the Vietnam War, with readings from veterans and the authors. A VIP reception sponsored by Monona State Bank and held in its lobby preceded the concert.
Stoughton Road Revitalization Project Gift Puts Fundraising Total over $1M mark: When the Stoughton Road Revitalization Project (SRRP) board decided to officially disband this year — having met its goal of creating a vision for traffic, design and commerce along Stoughton Road between U.S. Highways 12/18 and Wisconsin Highway 30 — its members voted unanimously to donate the remainder of its funds to Madison Public Library Foundation in support of the Pinney Library capital campaign. For all eight neighborhoods that make up SRRP (Eastmorland, East Buckeye, Elvehjem, Glendale, Heritage Heights, Hiestand, Lake Edge and Rolling Meadows), “Pinney is our beloved library,” said SRRP Secretary Tonya Hamilton-Nisbet. “We were particularly elated when we delivered the check for $10,838.01 from our account to foundation Executive Director Jenni Collins in late October, and she informed us that our donation officially put the campaign over the $1 million fundraising mark! We encourage others to donate and look forward to experiencing the new Pinney Library.”
Give Back on Giving Tuesday Raises $9,233 in a Day: For the second year in a row, the foundation hosted a Giving Tuesday event at the
Harmony Bar & Grill on November 29 — the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday that urges charitable donations during the holiday giving season — to encourage gifts to the new Pinney Library. The family-friendly happy hour party included live music by local band THE MUGS, and each donation doubled thanks to a $10,000 matching gift from the Friends of Sequoya Library.
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SRRP Secretary Tonya Hamilton-Nesbit presents Jenni Collins with a $10,838.01 check for the new Pinney Library.

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