The fourth annual Pursapalooza fundraiser was held at Wood Library on Saturday, November 23, 2019. Shoppers enthusiastically lined up outside the library before the doors opened at 4PM, eager to snag a great deal on a designer purse or costume jewelry. In just a few short hours, this popular fundraiser netted $13,740 for Wood Library’s life-enriching services for adults.
Library Director Jenny Goodemote expressed gratitude to everyone in the community “who donated literally hundreds of purses and bags full of jewelry. The support for this event is just tremendous. We could not pull off this event without a terrific team of volunteers who coordinate every detail and spend hours sorting, pricing, and cleaning purses and jewelry.” Goodemote also noted the generous donations of gift certificates by area businesses which were paired with purses for a raffle.
Event sponsors were Canandaigua Air Center, Canandaigua Auto Wash, Canandaigua The Medicine Shoppe, Crown Jewelry, Friends of Wood Library, Lake Country Physical Therapy, Light and Life Yoga by Dianne, Michele Kisly Photography, Monica’s Pies, Nolan’s on the Lake, Quail Summit, Sandy Reed, Skorich Designs, Rochester Air Center, Rochester Homebuilders Association, UR Medicine Thompson Health, Wolfe Insurance Agency, and Zotos International.
Food and drinks were donated by Bon Ami French Bistro, Good Life Tea, Heron Hill Winery, Macri’s Deli & Café, Rio Tomatlán, Sinful Confections by Kathryn Casella, and Vineyards Wine & Spirits.
5K, FUN RUN & STORY WALK GENERATES FUNDS AND ENTHUSIASM FOR SUMMER READING
Wood Library’s fifth annual 5K, Fun Run and Story Walk generated almost $7,000 for the library’s summer youth programs. 153 runners from as far away as Ohio, Kansas, and Florida, and from Rochester and the Finger Lakes region participated in the event which was held at Canandaigua’s community library on Saturday, July 13, 2019.
For the first time in the history of this event, a woman was the top 5K runner and a girl was the top Fun Runner. Melissa Johnson-White (Fairport, NY) won the 5K race with a time of 18:53. John Kohl (Camillus, NY) was the top 5K male finisher with a time of 19:52. Elizabeth Couillard (Canandaigua, NY) and Quinn Deutschlander (Canandaigua, NY) were the top female and male finishers in the 1-mile Fun Run.
Medals and prizes were presented to the top 5K finishers in each age group. Several people completed their very first 5K race. Library Director Jenny Goodemote of Canandaigua placed first among library employees.
“We are fortunate to have the support of many generous sponsors,” reported Library Director Jenny Goodemote, “Their financial contributions make this a profitable fundraiser for the library and help us offer dozens of fun and enriching programs for youth during the summer months.”
The 2019 race sponsors were BR Orthodontics, Paul and Maggie Bringewatt, Canandaigua Orthopaedic Associates, Canandaigua Rotary Club, Canandaigua Sealcoating, Finger Lakes Dental Care, Five Star Bank, Friends of Wood Library, Geoff Hallstead, Gary and Chris Henehan, Peter and Peggy Kane, Lantek Companies, LOLA Transport, Lyons National Bank, Moore Printing Company, Oasis Acres, Procutters Landscape, Reliant Community Federal Credit Union, Riedman Communications, Sarkis Financial Corporation, Tall Trainer Fitness Systems, Walmart Store #1673, Wegmans Food Markets.
A race-day raffle, music by PADJ, activities for children, and a special Story Walk rounded out the day’s events.
Proceeds from Wood Library’s 5K and Fun Run fund the library’s summer youth programs. Reading clubs, teen game and movie nights, crafting programs, author visits, STEM Labs and Lego programs, Pajama storytimes, waffle workshops, and a traveling planetarium are just a few of the dozens of activities planned for youth at Wood Library through the month of August following the theme “a universe of stories.”