Books are fun, and for a good causeIn the market for a new book, child’s toy or game? Well today’s the last day of the Books Are Fun book fair at St. Luke’s hospital.
By: Tony Bennett, Duluth News Tribune
In the market for a new book, child’s toy or game? Well today’s the last day of the Books Are Fun book fair at St. Luke’s hospital. The two-day fundraiser is scheduled to close at 3 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Luke’s.
Pat Mattson, past president of the St. Luke’s Volunteer Service Guild and current member of the volunteer team, said that the fair offers gifts for the whole family.
“With Christmas coming, it’s a great place to start your Christmas shopping,” she said.
The fundraiser is being held in the main lobby of St. Luke’s, at 915 E. First St. The racks and tables at the fair are filled with children’s books, DVD’s and CD’s, educational materials, various kinds of toys, stationery, cookbooks and much more.
What’s most important about Books Are Fun is that it’s for a good cause, Mattson said.
“All of the proceeds from all of our fundraisers go back to St. Luke’s hospital,” she said.
Mary Matlack, director of volunteer services at St. Luke’s, said the book fair has been going on for 13 years, and that it “enhances patient care.”
All of the proceeds after the Books Are Fun fee is taken out go to that cause, she said.
The book fair contributes a good portion of the Guild’s annual gift of about $35,000-to-$45,000 a year, Matlack added.
“I am so grateful for the work of the volunteers,” Matlack said of people working on the book fair and all the Guild’s other fundraising projects. “That is so important, because it increases the services and comfort that we can offer our patients.”
Matlack said the parking at St. Luke’s is now free, so book shoppers who come to today’s sale will not have to worry about paying for parking.