Annual raffle raises funds for library

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library’s halls were decked with table top Christmas trees and lovely wreaths during its Christmas Tree Raffle and Tea on Dec. 10.
All the proceeds from the event will be put right back into the library by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, which hosted the event.
For the 20th year, the community has come together to donate their trees and wreaths to the cause.
This year the fifth-grade boys and girls from R. Roger Rowe School had a wreath-making competition to see how many ornaments could be put on each wreath.
Each was beautiful, but it seems the boys won by a slight margin said Debbie Wilson who manages the youth services department at the library.
“This is a great community event,” Wilson said. “We have been doing it for years and years and years. It’s the best community event we put on.”
Because the trees are donated and the food and drink provided by guild members and community members like the Girl Scouts who bake cookies for it, the guild stands to make a nice profit for the library.
“Everyone — including the golf club, senior center, Rotary, families, everyone — donates a wreath or table-top tree, then they are raffled off,” said Marianne Witmeyer, guild member.
She explained that everyone buys a ticket to the drawing at the same price.
“That way everyone has a chance to win,” she said.
This year there were several baskets donated by area businesses up for bid at silent auction.
“It is really as much of a party for the community as it is a fundraiser,” said longtime guild member Nan Werner.
Susan Appleby was in charge of the coffee, tea and cider table.
She has been a guild member for some time, but is now on staff as director of membership and development. She said she did not know how much money would be made during the event, but estimated it should be somewhere around $1,000, all of which is earmarked for library services.
The library guild was established in 1963 by a group of Rancho Santa Fe residents who saw a need to enhance the library services beyond what the county could provide. It purchases books, pays the salaries of the children’s librarians and organizes the summer reading program. The guild operates The Book Cellar selling books and it organizes such events as the Christmas tea, a fashion show, pre-school story time and much more. It owns and maintains the library building and the land upon which it sits as well as most of the furniture inside.
To learn more about the library guild, visit the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild’s website or call (858) 756-4780.

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