The mission of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, a volunteer organization, is to be a source of private funding to enable the outstanding Bernardsville Public Library to continue to operate at a level of excellence without regard to variations in public funding.
Leslie Brown-Witt, Chair
Joan Contess, Vice Chair
Patty Farrell, Treasurer
Nathalie Gray, Secretary
The entire Board looks forward to a successful year.
Homes of Distinction
Our 2018 Homes of Distinction fundraiser took place at two spectacular locations: the magnificent contemporary home of John and Alice Rubinstein with their extraordinary, world-class art collection—a rare opportunity to see a living museum in beautiful surroundings–and the beautifully renovated carriage house at Upton Pyne owned by Ron and Carol Davi.
Click here to see photos of our event.
If you couldn’t attend on May 20, you can still support the library by making a donation, Just click the Donate button below:
Our 2017 Homes of Distinction fundraiser took place in the U.S. Equestrian Team Stable and Carriage Barn elegantly decorated by Jeffrey B. Haines of Butlers of Far Hills and Laura Clare Design. Located in Gladstone, the U.S.E.T. historic Hamilton Farm is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017. Guests spent the afternoon socializing, shopping the silent auction and wine pull, and enjoying delicious appetizers provided by The Bernards Inn. Live jazz was performed by duo John Zweig and Rick Crane.
Our 2016 Homes of Distinction fundraiser was a huge success! More than 220 people attended a cocktail party reception and silent auction on Sunday, May 15, at Faircourt, an exquisite Bernardsville estate once owned by the first in-laws of philanthropist Brooke Astor. The Tuscan style 30,000 square-foot villa sits on 15 acres landscaped by the son of Frederick Law Olmstead. The home was featured in the November 2015 issue of Architectural Digest. For those who attended, payments in excess of $50 per person are tax-deductible. Click here to see the 2016 Faircourt Keepsake Journal.
The 2015 Homes of Distinction was held on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Little Brook Farm. Special thanks to homeowners Monique and Gregg Seibert. More than 200 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and special presentation on the history of the Farm by Barry Thomson.
Donations to Meet Library’s Current Budget Shortfall
Foundation President Leslie Brown-Witt was pleased to present a $70,000 check to the Library in 2014 and an additional gift in the amount of $45,000 in August 2015. In 2016, the Foundation increased its gift to $100,000, but it is imperative we receive continuing support from town residents for the Library.
Funding provided by our Borough Council exceeds state-mandated requirement, but rising costs and lower property values have left us with an uncomfortably tight budget. That’s why the Foundation has been challenged to raise $100,000 to meet the Library’s shortfall for 2015 and why the “most important place in our town” needs your help.
We’re grateful that several generous citizens have agreed to help us reach this goal: Drs. Neill and Julia Johnson have offered $10,000 with a dollar-for-dollar challenge match for any size donation… and an additional anonymous donor has offered a second $15,000 matching grant for gifts of $1,000 or more.
Please send in your donation today – in whatever amount you can.
Long-term efforts are also underway to fund an endowment that will generate income for Library operations in the future. The goal is to fund the endowment to ensure a secure future for the Bernardsville Public Library. In addition, the Bernardsville Library Foundation welcomes bequests of any size in individual estate planning, pledges paid over time, and insurance beneficiary designations.
Please click here for information about making a gift to the Foundation. Your help is urgently needed to offset budget restrictions that could reduce library hours and services.