SARASOTA (Dec. 2, 2014) — Actor and comedian Russ Gerard will be the featured entertainment at a special pre-opening bash Jan. 9 for the new Gulf Gate Library, scheduled to open in late January.
Gerard was NBC Radio’s on-air resident comic, co-starred on television shows such as “Up All Night” with Gilbert Godfrey and “What’s So Funny?” and has starred in five feature films.
Friends of the Gulf Gate Library is sponsoring the pre-opening event, which in addition to Gerard will include guided tours of the new library, wine, hors d’oeuvres by the Sarasota Catering Company and gift prizes.
Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Gulf Gate Library, which is raising money to buy educational and technological equipment for area children and teens to use at the new library.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to display the new library and at the same time raise money to better equip the facility,” said Deanie Erb, President of the Friends of the Gulf Gate Library. “This is a great chance to showcase the new building”
The Friends group is accepting building fund donations of gift cards or items that may be used as a gift prize at the event. Donations will be accepted at the event.
The pre-opening shindig will be Jan. 9, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $40 for the fundraising event and are available by calling the Friends’ Treasurer Nancy Ritirato, 941-313-5211, or at http://www.gulfgatefriends.com/donate.html.
Sarasota County is putting the finishing touches on the new, $7.7 million Gulf Gate Library. The two-story 26,000-square-foot facility is much larger than the old, 17,000-square-foot building that was torn down. There will be large meeting rooms, a book store, space specifically designed for teens, a tech lab and much more.
“This will be a tremendous asset for our community for many years to come and we are committed to making it the best library in the area,” Erb said.
Friends of the Gulf Gate Library is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that raises money to buy items for the library which the county cannot afford.