Remembering the Gridiron Champions

On April 24th, 2016, we presented the first event in our Speakeasy Series – a one-hour Q & A featuring linebacker Shaquil Barrett and tight end Virgil Green, moderated by former 9News anchor Neal Browne.

The Speaskeasy Series was designed to be a unique, personal experience, rather than a traditional lecture. Fans and friends in attendance laughed and cheered as our Gridiron Champions shared their thoughts on team dynamics, the quarterback situation, and winning the Big Game.

As we reminisce about this special fundraiser, we are pleased to share with you some of our favorite moments. Be sure to join us for the next event in the series, to be announced!

A big thank you to Warren Tech for filming the event and for editing these clips for us!

Whale of a Sale was Smooth Sailing…

Once again our small Foundation has pulled off a BIG event — the semi-annual Whale of a Used Book Sale!

Busy book-buyers fill the aisles at our 2016 Spring Whale Sale!

Busy book-buyers fill the aisles at our Spring Whale Sale!

This spring’s sale, held June 2-5 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, was no exception. More than 3,500 book-buyers and book-lovers attended this year’s event, and they helped themselves to nearly 80,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, antique maps, LP records and more. New this year, we added in a Friends Preview night on June 2, we hosted an on-site book drive on Friday and Saturday, and we opened early on Friday morning for our Early Bird shoppers.

At the Whale Sale, everyone shopped until the (Chick-Fil-A) cows came home!

At the Whale Sale, everyone shopped until the (Chick-Fil-A) cows came home!

The best news of all is that we raised more than $65,000 at the event! These funds will be funneled back into our Jefferson County Public Libraries in support of programs and activities that include Summer Reading, American Sign Language Storytimes, Early Literacy programs, Jeffco Stories, the Culture Pass program, LibLab kits, and so much more.

We extend a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who joined us for the event, and most of all we want to thank our tremendous and dedicated corps of volunteers. We simply couldn’t produce such a fantastic event without their hours and hours of work in setting up the sale, the day-to-day customer service for our patrons, and the hard work taking down the displays, tables and boxing up left over books post-event.

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.

Two of our happy and helpful Whale Sale volunteers.

 

Please join us for our next Whale Sale coming up October 20-23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know! We are always looking to add to our team.