Library Campaign Receives $300,000 Gift from Sunderland Foundation

A drawing by HBM Architects shows what a new future library in Newton could look like. The city made the decision to pay for the new library's architectural design this year, and so far, $1.45 million in private funds have been raised for the project.

The Newton Library has taken a big jump toward its fundraising goal.

Last week, the Newton Public Library Foundation announced the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park had gifted its campaign with $300,000.

That brings total contributions up to $2.2 million of the library’s $2.7 million fall fundraising goal.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Sunderland Foundation to this campaign and our community,” said Angela Becker, NPLF board president and campaign co-chair. “Their gift will have a positive impact on the library and Newton for generations to come.”

The Sunderland Foundation assets were comprised primarily from shareholdings of the Ash Grove Cement Company, founded by Lester T. Sunderland in 1945, according to the release.
The Sunderland Foundation focuses on brick and mortar projects, helping to fund construction, design and renovations of non-profit facilities,” the release stated.

Cathay Anderson, Newton Public Library board president said she hoped that the contribution would motivate others to give to the library.

We need just $500,000 to reach our goal,” she said.

HBM Architects of Ohio are working on designs for the library, which should be available late in 2022.

Those wishing to learn more about the project or participate as a donor can call Angela Becker at 707- 536-7101 or Ann Adrian at 316-283-5654.

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