The annual “Books at the Boathouse” fundraiser for Peninsula Community Library (PCL) was held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Boathouse Restaurant on Bowers Harbor. Between ticket sales, donations and auction items, the event raised about $19,000 for the new Peninsula Community Library, currently under construction with Grand Traverse Construction at the corner of Center Road and Island View Road.
PCL Director Vicki Shurly notes that they have enough to cover the building, but still need to raise $190,000 for additional landscaping, furniture, utility hookups and more. Learn how you can help here.
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The fun event included a silent auction, a live auction emcee’d by WTCM radio host Ron Jolly, and a delicious dinner that included smoked trout pate, Belgian endive, braised Michigan pork shank with parmesan risotto, and a double chocolate brownie cooked up and served by the Boathouse staff.
Old Mission Peninsula resident Tim Carroll gave the keynote speech, which included plenty of OMP history, lore and laughs. As it was also Tim’s 80th birthday, the crowd toasted to his health as PCL director Vicki Shurly presented him with a cake – and a gift straight from London!
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