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Friends of the Library Receive Prestigious Award for Fund Raising

The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System are the 2010 recipients of the prestigious Oklahoma chapter of the international Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Philanthropy Day Award for Outstanding Fundraising Organization library officials announced today.

This annual Award honors the year’s most outstanding demonstration of fundraising by a not-for-profit organization through innovative techniques, achievement of fundraising goals and building community leadership for fundraising. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Siobhan Morava, the MLS Development Coordinator for Community Organizations, “that the Oklahoma chapter of AFP has chosen to recognize the Friends of the Library this year for the fabulous ongoing work they do in raising funds for use by the library system.

“When the Friends began their annual booksale over 20 years ago, no one envisioned that it would someday bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.  The Friends then were delighted to make $5,000.  Who was thinking about millions?”

Kyle Hanser, Chair, AFP Oklahoma Awards Selection Committee, congratulated the Friends, an organization he said was “selected from among a strong group of finalists.”

The Award will be presented to Friends of the Library president Rebecca Thompson at a luncheon on Monday, November 8, in the second floor ballroom of the Skirvin Hotel.  For the luncheon, previous Award winners have invited family members, close friends and philanthropic partners (Board members, key volunteers, non-profit staff) who have been significant colleagues and supporters in significant philanthropic efforts. 

“The Award luncheon,” Hanser added, “is a time to say ‘thank you’ and celebrate together.”

For more information about the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.