This year’s gala will take place March 25, 2023 at Il Villaggio. Ticket sales have now concluded. We hope to see you there!
The next big project that the Foundation will help fund is a space for teens. Based on community feedback, we feel it’s extremely important to provide a public space where teens who may not have organized sports or activities can comfortably gather. We’re excited about this and hope you’ll join us on our journey towards creating this space!
Meet Our 2023 Gala Honoree
The Rutherford Public Library Foundation is thrilled to name Patricia Wester our 2023 Gala Honoree. Pat’s history with our Library is unmatched. Over the past 25 years, she has served on all three Boards that govern and raise funds for the Library.
Pat first joined the Friends of the Library as a way to give back to the community where she and her husband Doug raised their daughters. Soon after, she was appointed to the Library Board of Trustees and was quickly chosen to serve as its President. She then co-founded the Rutherford Public Library Foundation with Anne McCormack as a way to fund large capital projects.
For more than two decades, Pat guided the evolution of the Rutherford Public Library as a true 21st century community hub. She always understood the importance of the role of Library Director, and on three occasions during her time as a Board Trustee, Pat led the search committees to find the perfect Director for Rutherford. She made sure any Director hired would possess the vision and passion necessary to continue transforming the library into a community focal point.
The fruits of Pat’s labor are clearly visible today. We are grateful for Pat Wester and the 25 years she has volunteered with the Rutherford Public Library, ensuring it will serve future generations as well as it served her own children.
Who We Are
The Rutherford Public Library Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 corporation lead by a Board of Directors with close ties to the Rutherford Public Library Board of Trustees.
The Foundation and its Board operate independently from the Borough of Rutherford municipal governance. The Foundation exists solely to enhance and expand services provided by the library. Financial support from the Borough of Rutherford, the State of New Jersey, and other sources will continue and not be diminished by the existence of gifts generated by the Foundation.
The mission of the Rutherford Public Library Foundation is to develop a basis of continual financial support to ensure the library’s commitment to provide lifelong learning services to the community.
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NJ Public Charity: CH3371500