Library supporters look to community for funds to buy new piano

ENCINITAS — The Friends of the Encinitas Library started the year with the launch of a program to raise funds for a grand piano for the Encinitas Library at 540 Cornish Drive. Funds are being sought for the Encinitas Library Piano Fund through the 88 Key Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Encinitas Library in partnership with the city of Encinitas Commission for the Arts. The group is hoping for 88 donations, the number of keys in a piano, at $250 each, that will achieve the goal of $22,000.
Dee Winn, a member of the Friends group, was the first donor to step up to the plate. Her first donation will go toward the purchase of the “middle C,” the most commonly recognized note, to honor Winn’s late mother, Scotty Wendorf, an accomplished pianist.
The library is working for a full keyboard of sponsorship by March 31. If enough donations are given, the city hopes to purchase an instrument like the Steinway concert grand piano the city rented from Greene Music in June when it was determined that the library’s existing piano was unrepairable.
The library has provided weeks of concerts, from acoustic bands to chamber music, even an opera recital, that were all free.
To sponsor a piano key, send a check for $250 made payable to the Friends of the Encinitas Library to 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024 and write “Piano Fund.”
Donations in any amount to the Piano Fund will gladly be accepted.
The Friends of the Encinitas Library is a not-for-profit organization, Tax ID #95-3533842. Donors will receive a letter of donation for their records. They will also be recognized on a special 88 Key donor plaque.
For more information, visit, or contact Jim Gilliam, arts administrator for the city of Encinitas at (760) 633-2746 or by e-mail at


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