Harford County Public Library raises more than $100,000 at gala

Library Gala 2013 Suspects
The Library Foundation Gala cast of characters gather for a picture. (from left to right): Sheriff Jesse Bane, Foundation Director, Amber Shrodes; County Executive, David Craig; Library Director, Mary Hastler, Director of Administration, Mary Chance; Senator, Barry Glassman; Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Nicole Funk; and County Council President, Billy Boniface.

The Harford County Public Library’s 9th annual Gala held earlier this month featured a murder mystery theme and raised more than $100,000 for the system. Here are the details:

It was Mr. Green in the Library!

Harford County Public Library raises more than $100,000 at Gala

(Belcamp, Maryland – November 7, 2013)  More than 600 guests attended Harford County Public Library’s 9th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 2nd, making it a record-breaking event for the Library.


Combined sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle sales, contributions, and live and silent auction bids totaled more than $100,000, net of expenses, in support of Library programs, materials, and the Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign.

The event featured outstanding musical entertainment by Mood Swings, spirited live and silent auctions, and the disclosure of the perpetrator of the Gala’s murder mystery theme, It Happened in the Library.


The characters under suspect were Colonel Mustard, portrayed by Harford County Executive David R. Craig; Mr. Green, Billy Boniface, President of the Harford County Council; Senator Plum, State Senator Barry Glassman; Ms. White, Mary F. Chance, Director of Administration for Harford County Government; Dr. Peacock, Nicole Funk, Senior Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; and Ms. Scarlet, Mary Hastler, Director of the Harford County Public Library.  The sheriff investigating the scene was played by Harford County Sheriff Jesse Bane.


Sheriff Bane revealed the offender to a captivated crowd.  Mr. Green was then held under the Sheriff’s custody until his $50,000 bail was raised from the Library’s Live Auction proceeds.  The auction was conducted by animated local auctioneers Derek Hopkins, David Shrodes, and Robert Ryan.  WJZ-TV personality Kristy Breslin served as emcee for the event.


Craig Ward and Terri Garland of Bel Air kicked off the Live Auction with a winning $32,000 bid on BackYard Crashers, a custom yard makeover valued at more than $60,000.  Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, EP Henry, Ivy Hill Land Services, GW Stephens and Associates, Town Security/Audio Extreme, Maryland Paving Inc., Lawnscape, and Heston’s Mulch combined to create this year’s package, which included a 1,000-square-foot patio, sitting wall, landscaping, and lighting, irrigation and outside speaker systems.  Design of the patio will start this week with anticipated completion before the Thanksgiving holiday.  BackYard Crashers is being filmed for a segment that will air on Harford Cable Network and can be followed by fans on Facebook at the Harford County Public Library Foundation page.


In addition, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Laurrapin, the Havre de Grace Marine Center, Pairings Bistro, Keene Dodge, Jim and Tamera Rush, Safe Harbors Travel Group, and APG Federal Credit Union also provided diverse offerings for guests to bid on during the Live Auction.  At the close of the auction, the winning raffle ticket for a stunning black and white diamond necklace and earring ensemble (donated by Saxon’s Diamond Centers) was drawn.


Gala festivities included scrumptious small plates by Laurrapin, a signature martini bar by Liberatore’s Ristorante, bourbon and wine selections from Jim’s BottleWorks, craft brews from DuClaw Brewing Company, coffee from Coffee Coffee, and an array of decadent deserts from Wegmans, Flavor Cupcakery, and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli.


“The evening was a magical night for the library.  The theme, the food, the drinks, the music, and the auction items were all outstanding!” said Dave Patzer, Library Foundation President.


With regard to the Havre de Grace Library’s renovation and expansion project, Mary Hastler, Library Director said, “The Havre de Grace Library has experienced significant increases in circulation and walk-in traffic as well as a surge in computer use.  A larger library is needed to enhance public services and programs provided to this community.” Plans for the new building were unveiled at the Gala and include more spacious meeting and programming areas, an interactive children’s department, and increased access to computers and high speed internet.


Sponsors for this year’s Gala were:  M&T Bank, Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts, Saxon’s Diamond Centers, Picture Perfect Patios, Nature Unlimited, WXCY, The Aegis, The Daily Record, Hart to Heart Ambulance, GW Stephens and Associates, Comcast, Keene Dodge, Harford’s Heart Magazine, I95 Magazine, Web IXI, The Kelly Group, Select Event Rentals, EP Henry, Tamara and Jim Rush, Events by I Did It Myself, Freedom Federal Credit Union, APG Federal Credit Union, SRC, Harford Mutual Insurance, Bob Ward Companies, BottleWorks, Huether-McClelland Foundation, City of Havre de Grace Tourism, Manns and Woodward Architects, Harford Mall, Spa at the Boulevard, Al and Christine Williamson, Liberatore’s Ristorante, PNC Bank, Katzen Eye Group, Two Brothers Moving, Audio Extreme/Town Security, Ivy Hill Land Services, Lawnscape, Laurrapin, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry, Safe Harbor Travel Group, Gordon-Feinblatt, NVS Salon, Mark and Mary Hastler, McComas Funeral Home, Midwest Tape, PNC Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley, Main Street Cigar, Total Urgent Care, Wegmans, Flowers by Bauers,  Bonefish Grille, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, Point Breeze Credit Union, Bel Air Friends of HCPL, Coffee Coffee, SURVICE Engineering, Kleins/Shoprite, MedStar, Slavie Federal Savings Bank, Greater Harford Committee, Dick and Susan Kinard, Maryland Paving, Pairings Bistro, SkyLight Creative Ideas, Jarvis Appliance, Advanced Eye Care, Harford Style Magazine, Havre de Grace Marine Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooms Bloom Dairy, Senator Barry and Debbie Glassman, Hilton Garden Inn, WSMT, Homecoming Project, Inc., Flavor Cupcakery, Rick and Mary Kate Herbig, Rainbow International, COPT, Ellin and Tucker, Bel Air Health and Rehab, Chesapeake Employer’s Insurance Company, Matt and Beth Hendrix, Mike and Kellie Bowen, Heston’s Mulch, Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli, Waste Industries, County Executive David and Melinda Craig, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Ripken Baseball, J. Thomas Photography, and DuClaw Brewing Company.


“This year’s gala was unlike anything we have ever attempted before,” said Amber Shrodes, Director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation.  “We are thrilled with the outstanding support from the community, including the County leaders who stepped up to portray characters.  It is with great anticipation that we are already planning another spectacular event in 2014!”


Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of over 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.


The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501© 3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of Library services. For more information call 410 273 5601 x2283.