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 WPB Library Foundation Honors Major Donors at Reception

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 10, 2023) – Michele Heary and Marco Chianese of Asprey and Melissa Sullivan honored major donors of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s Food for Thought Dinner with a Kick-Off Champagne Reception on October 5, 2023, at Melissa Sullivan’s home. 


“Our Library Foundation is so grateful to Melissa Sullivan for her inspired leadership and tireless work to ensure the success of our premier fundraiser, Food for Thought.  We thank Asprey for the elegant reception and all of our donors for their continuing support of our work,” stated Steve Mayans, WPB Library Foundation, Board Chair. 


“It was Asprey’s pleasure to underwrite the champagne reception at Melissa Sullivan’s Palm Beach home,” said Michele Heary, Asprey’s Executive Vice-President. “This event was held to celebrate the generous donors of the Library Foundation and their mission to financially support the life-changing programs, services, and resources of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.”


Guests enjoyed a champagne toast and reception, and finger bites such as Shrimp with basil pesto; Grilled zucchini, cherry tomato, with basil oil; Saffron rice ball “arancini”; and Mini crab cake from Bice Restaurant of Palm Beach.


Host and Food for Thought chair Melissa Sullivan welcomed guests that included: Michele Heary; Marco Chianese; Diane Myers; Julie and Howard Rudolph; Trey and Lindsay Mahoney; Matthew and Adrienne Raptis; Jeff and Gina Sabean; Carissa and Daren Robinson; Corinne Dandeneau; Steve Mayans, Chair of the Library Foundation Board, and Terry Resk; David and Donna Dodson; Nancy Marshall; Dean Dimke, Library Foundation CEO; and Lisa Hathaway, Director of the Mandel Public Library.


The Food for Thought Dinner, to be held November 4, 2023, at the Norton Museum of Art, brings Foundation patrons and friends together with Table Hosts who lead lively conversations. Guests choose their table based on their favorite topics ranging from authors, entertainers, and community notables, while enjoying an evening of delicious dining and stimulating banter. Guest speaker will be award-winning journalist and author Carl Hiaasen.


Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 event are available by calling 561-868-7717.    

About the West Palm Beach Library Foundation

The Mandel Public Library offers life-changing programs, services, and resources to children, teens, and adults in our community, all free of charge thanks to the financial support provided by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. The Foundation hopes to create an inspired community where children excel, and adults thrive. Gifts to the Foundation support popular library programs including afterschool homework centers, summer learning programs, reading programs, teen college prep, job readiness, and adult programs in art, technology, education, culture, and entertainment.

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