Starr Library Celebrates 150th Anniversary

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RHINEBECK – Starr Library Celebrates its 150th Birthday with a Bash at the Library

The Starr Library was a beacon of hope when it was founded in 1862, a time of great turmoil in our country.  In the 150 years since then, the Starr has carved out a prominent place in the Rhinebeck community.  As the oldest library in the five-county Mid-Hudson system, comprised of 66 libraries – the Starr today serves young and old with the finest reading material, no matter what the format.  

To kick off a yearlong celebration of its sesquicentennial, the Library held a benefit, attended by some 250 guests that helped raise over $50,000.   According to the library’s director, Steven Cook, “These funds will enable the Library to provide our patrons and the Rhinebeck community with the latest and best in library services”.

All photo credits:  John Halpern

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Standing in front of some of the art being auctioned off are: Left – Michel P. Haggerty, Sponsorship Co-Chair – Klara Sauer, Vice President and Benefit Chair –  Clifford Platt, Sponsorship Co-Chair – Sue Hartshorn, Library President –  and Steven Cook, Library Director.
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David Ping, C.E.O. of Health Quest, the benefit’s Lead Sponsor, sharing a laugh with Clifford Platt, library Co-Sponsorship Chair.

A Big Thank You

To Our Generous Sponsors

Lead Sponsor - $10,000

Health Quest

Sesquicentennial Stars - $2,500 - $3,500

Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate, Inc.

Illiana Van Meeteren & Terence C. Boylan

Monique Segarra & Christopher Lipscomb -- Systems Flow, Inc.

Underwriters - $1,500

Chris & Carol Chestney, Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home

Vicki Haak, CFP, Ameriprise Financial

Benefactors - $1,000

Kenneth S. Herman, Alpha Apple, Inc.

Law Office of Michel P. Haggerty -- Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers

Donors - $750

Vincent R. Clephas & Mary G. Burns

Old Mill Wine & Spirits

Sponsors - $500

Ed & Sarah Fajardo -- DeLotto & Fajardo LLP

Friends of the Starr Library

Julia Hill & John Campbell

The Meltzer Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Mary Olivere & Larry Willig

Carol & Pierce Smith

Friends - $250

David & Julie Baxter

Kathleen & Allan Beckman

Anne S. & Harvey Brown

William W. Dowden IV

Joyce & Joseph Gelb


Harry H. Hill, III

Sally & Michael C. Mazzarella

Robert X. Monahan & Wendy Lyons

Montgomery Row

Optimus Architecture

Klara B. & Heinz Sauer

H. Nick Staley

John G. Ullman & Associates

Wheelock Whitney, III

Dagmar & Wayne Yaddow


The Starr Library Trustees' combined sponsorships and donations exceeded $6,300

(sponsorships as of January 2, 2012)


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