Archive for Thursday, July 10, 2003

Library, T-Bones fund-raiser reaches midway point

July 10, 2003

Nearing the midway point of the season, a fund-raiser uniting the Basehor Community Library and the Kansas City T-Bones has netted approximately $3,000.

As part of a joint fund-raiser, the library and T-Bones, an independent league team, are banding together to help raise funds for a proposed new library facility.

Pledge sheets, distributed to Basehor residents, which designate a dollar amount to be donated for every home run hit during a T-Bones home game.

So far, the T-Bones have hit 16 home runs at CommunityAmerica, which translates into $2,773 for the library. A billboard at the southeast corner of 155th Street and State Avenue updates the progress of the fund-raiser.

Pledges are still being accepted for the fund-raiser, library officials said.

Carla Kaiser, community library director, said the fund-raiser has been well received this year and could be brought back next season.

In April 2002, library officials signed a contract and deed that would relocate the library west near the Prairie Gardens development on 158th Street.

Since then, library officials have worked toward finalizing plans to present to the public for the new facility, which could range in size from 22,000 to 25,000 square feet.

Kaiser said those plans are still in progress.

"I think we're doing very well," she said, "we're on our timeline which is very encouraging."

To secure the lion's share of funds for the new construction, a bond issue will be required. An election date has not yet been scheduled for the proposed bond issue but should be set in coming weeks.

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