Osterhout Free Library Hosts 10th Annual Brewesterhout Fundraiser

August 4, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE— The 10th annual Brewsterhout Rooftop Party was held on the fifth level of the Wilkes-Barre Intermodal Center on Friday night due to rain, but that didn’t stop anyone from enjoying an array of food, drinks and entertainment. The Osterhout Free Library’s rooftop party is one of the library’s primary fundraisers and has proven popular. Christopher Kelly, the library’s director of development and community relations, couldn’t be happier about the event. “It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already,” Kelly said. “But it raises much-needed funds for the library and I’m very happy the event is in its 10th year because it’s one of the best summer parties in the Wyoming Valley. It has a great base of people who support it that just want to have a great time and support a great cause.” Kim Hein, Kelly’s assistant, said she’s thankful for the sponsors, because without them, the event wouldn’t be possible. “The library has always held a special place in my heart growing up,” Hein said. “Libraries are essential in every community and it’s great to see the people of Wilkes-Barre show up and support them. Also, I just want to personally thank all of the food and drink sponsors, the monetary sponsors and all of our volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them and it’s amazing to see the community come together for a great cause. I’m just really thankful.” Along with Kelly, event co-chairwomen Lisa Borchert and Jamie Johns helped organize the fundraising event. Borchert said it’s really important for the community to support the library. “It takes money to run a library and every little bit helps,” Bochert said. “We really appreciate all of the communities support, and the party is fantastic. The attendance is great because it’s special. It’s special because people are supporting a public library and we have four branches that need maintaining. We need to keep the doors open so everyone has access to the books they love.” “Obviously I think the beer and the food help,” Johns said. “But, it’s a big crowd and a lot of people show up. So, it’s such a great feeling knowing you’re helping out a good cause. Although I’ve been involved for three years, this is the first year Lisa and I were co-chairs and we are hoping to raise a total of $21,000, which would bring us to a cumulative total of $100,000 over the past 10 years. That would help so much because people don’t realize until they get involved, how much time, money and effort it takes to put this together. I learned so much about the library and I’ve become more compassionate because of what I’ve learned.” Contact the writer: nrossi@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2048