Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz unveils the fundraising sign for the Overbrook Library Capital Campaign as Overbrook Library Board of Trustees President Marni Penrod announces funds raised so far and the campaign’s remaining goals.
Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor
OVERBROOK—The Overbrook Library kicked off its capital campaign at a ceremony Sept. 27 at the site of the future library, south of the Overbrook City Hall at Maple Street and Santa Fe Trail Drive, in Overbrook.
The community had set the goal of raising $1.64 million for the construction of a new building. Initial funding came from the Glen and Claudine Norton Trust, which contributed $740,000 to kick off the project. The city received $400,000 more in a Community Block Development Grant, along with $100,000 from the Jones Foundation in Emporia.
The remaining funds are planned to be collected by The Center of It All campaign, local donations from members of the community.
“We have already raised a good amount of that,” said Overbrook Mayor Don Schultz.
Overbrook Library Board of Trustees President Marni Penrod announced during the unveiling that the campaign had gathered $188,000 of the $400,000 goal from about 40 pledges from residents and businesses that had already stepped forward. As of Tuesday, the campaign had raised $194,265.