Fundraiser toasts friend of the library |

Fundraiser toasts friend of the library

Staff reports

GENOA-Choosing to honor the woman who started it all, the Douglas County Public Library Foundation held a Champagne Chocolate Reception on Sunday at David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort in Genoa.

Elizabeth Johnson was honored during Sunday’s inaugural fund-raiser for the foundation. Johnson is credited with guiding the committee in opening the first Douglas County library in Minden in 1964. In addition to Douglas County, Johnson was also part of the movement to open libraries in Fallon, Lovelock and Lake Tahoe as well as libraries in the Nevada State Prison and the Caliente Detention Center.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will go toward renovating the library s meeting room and naming it as “The Elizabeth Johnson Conference Room.”

The fund-raiser pamphlet describes the room as “a lasting tribute to the tireless efforts of this great lady on behalf of the residents of Douglas County.”

Johnson also was an accomplished artist and several of her paintings were on display. She died in June 2000 at age 75.

Her husband Knox, and daughter and son-in-law Helen and William Kolbe attended the event.

Robin Mellberg, a foundation trustee, said the benefit was a success. More than 250 tickets at $15 a piece were sold in advance and more than $500 in raffle tickets were sold at the fund-raiser. Twenty-one prizes were raffled off.

Guest speaker Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, R-Minden, regaled the crowd with stories of Johnson and her devotion to the library. And in offering a toast Mike Riley, vice chair of the foundation, raised his glass, saying Johnson knew the meaning of “going the extra mile.”

Mellberg said she is involved with the library foundation because she is a member of the community.

“I have children growing up here,” she said. “I believe the library is the core of any community.”

The following businesses donated prizes to the fund-raiser:

Aladdin Florist & Gift Shop, Bodine’s Restaurant, Classical Glass, David Walley’s Resort & Spa, DB Photography, Friends of the Library, Harrah’s Hotel Casino Lake Tahoe, Hornblower Cruises, Imperial Hotel Bed & Breakfast, Lakeside Inn Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Chocolate Factory, Mark Smith’s Les Schwab Tire Center, MS Dixie II, Nevada Gourmet Grocery, Ralph Greene Jeweler, The Record-Courier, Sharkey’s Casino, Taylor York Salon, Tomalas Custom Cabinets, Verizon and A Wildflower.

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