The 14th annual Grape Expectations fundraiser was a big day for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation as it celebrated the prestigious National Medal Award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The 350 guests, at the Museum of Latin American Art, were on hand as more than $100,000 was raised to support the Library’s Family Learning Centers, the Makerspace Studio and Mobile Studio, resources for special needs patrons, and other programs.
An impressive setting was the Balboa room, which was festooned with balloons from the ceiling arranged to resemble beautiful hanging grapes. Wine and food stations surrounded the auction tables that were lined with select wines for auction as well as curated baskets, exotic travel packages, restaurant excursions. Caro Pierotto entertained the crowd. Randy Kemner of Long Beach’s The Wine Country, gave a review of the four wines paired with each dinner course.
Earlier, in the sculpture garden, Foundation Founding Director Margaret Durnin paid tribute to longtime library activist and supporter, Barbara Egyud, who had recently passed away. Following the toast, Kane Smego performed a series of spoken word poems.
Board president JP Shotwell (with Kimberly) presented the Library Leadership Award to the Lloyd and Lauretta Dyer Family Foundation. There to receive it was Lloyd and Lauretta’s son, Larry Dyer, Joan and Steve Woodard, and Bruce Alton. Margaret and Charles Durnin presented the Durnin Family Award to Richard Green, in recognition of his generous $1 million donation to the Foundation.
John Kunkle led the energetic live auction with two seats at next year’s Grape Expectations tasting session, won by Tony and Kay Tortorice; Lynn Shrum won the opportunity for her mother’s name to be included in mystery novelist Tyler Dilts’s upcoming novel; a 2011 Château Clinet Double Magnum, donated by Tom and Jodi Reep, went to Kenny and Jenny Taing;…