Last Breath of Summer Foundation Fundraiser 2006

Last year’s fundraiser for the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. proved to be so successful – and so much fun! – that P.J. Ryan’s decided to host it again.

The Last Breath of Summer library foundation fundraiser was held on Thursday, September 7th at P.J. Ryan’s on First Street in Downtown Jersey City.

The name is a play on words, combining this year’s timing and last year’s name, Summer Breeze, which was held earlier in the 2005 season (June).

“Library Foundation Treasurer Mike Ryan can be credited for that great stroke of creative marketing, in the event’s name, as well as holding the fundraiser again in his establishment,” said Library Director Priscilla Gardner, who also serves as executive director for the library foundation. “We are so grateful that Mike is one of our board members.”

For that $20 ticket (which was the same low price as last year), partygoers got all the hot dogs, hamburgers, beer and wine they wanted, in an informal and friendly atmosphere, and with top-notch live musical entertainment – The Eamonn Ryan Band & Chaz DePaolo. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the purchase of a new, state-of-the-art, disabled accessible and ADA-compliant Bookmobile.

The Library Foundation has dedicated all proceeds toward purchase of a new, state-of-the-art, disabled-accessible Bookmobile since its cost is quite high. The cost of a Bookmobile that complies with the federal Americans for Disabilities Act is in the range of $250,000, which accounts for the multi-year need for dedicated fundraising. The Foundation, to date, has now raised more than $120,000 (donations from Provident Bank and other donors, 2004 & 2005 fundraisers & 2006 Black & White & READ Ball and Last Breath of Summer, combined). The Last Breath of Summer fundraiser single-handedly garnered $7,383 on that low-priced ticket.

To All Supporters of the Jersey City Free Public Library and its Foundation: A Big ‘Thank You’!!!
The Bookmobile, essentially a traveling branch that offers book lending direct to the patron, has been in existence since 1954. With the second vehicle’s life now nearing its end, the Jersey City Free Public Library wants to keep offering its patrons this very popular service.

The Board of Trustees for the Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Inc. is as follows: Kevin J. Ward, Chairman; Morris Winograd, Vice Chairman; Michael Ryan, Treasurer; Elizabeth Spinelli, Recording Secretary; Joseph Panepinto Jr. Corresponding Secretary; and members Joseph Turula, Kirsten Micco, and Samantha Newman-Webster.

A P.J. Ryan’s staple, The Eamonn Ryan Band, a contemporary Irish band with bar-band abilities, plays a range that’s perfect for the Jersey City after-work crowd – such popular rock tunes as the ever-discussed Louie Louie, to Mitch Ryder’s Devil With The Blue Dress (and a Detroit medley). The Sixties are well represented in this repertoire, with such old chestnuts as Hang On, Sloopy, Build Me Up, Buttercup, and lots of Beatles and Stones. There’s even a sing-along edition of Harry Belafonte’s Day-O. Decades cascade through songs such as Bruce’s Glory Days and the group that started it all: Bill Haley and His Comets, Rock Around the Clock. And the Irish (and those who aren’t!) will feel the tug of the Emerald Isle from songs such as Galway Shawl, Red Rose Café, Irish Soldier Laddie, Unicorn, and the one ballad everyone knows, Danny Boy.

Chaz DePaolo is a gifted guitarist and composer/arranger, whose rock sensibilities combine cover-band fun with the best of the blues. A typical rocker, Chaz would rather be on the open road, playing. In fact, he just returned from a five-week tour of Ireland and the U.K., where he performed in Dublin at J.J. Smyths and a private function. England beckoned, and Chaz hooked up with two members of the British band, The Groundhogs, playing and recording his original composition, Cadillac Baby.

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