On behalf of the Lake County Library System we thank our incredible sponsors for their support of the 2013 BookFest, ¡Viva Libros!
Premiere Sponsors included HarperCollins Publishers who provided Ms. Corsi Staub and Alison Gaylin on their national book tour; Insight Credit Union who sponsored the 2013 Bookmark Design Contest; Lowe’s of Mount Dora that provided a pressure washer and 2 high ticket propane grills for the raffle; Raintree Books that supplies all of the author’s books for the events; SECO Energy, our oldest sponsor; and the Lake County Office of Economic Development & Tourism for the generous assistance with printing. Lake XPress was a memorable sponsor allowing anyone to travel free with their Lake County Library System library card. Many of our libraries were promoting the BookFest and Viva Florida 500 with historical exhibits to celebrate the State of Florida’s Viva Florida 500 initiative.
Our Festival Sponsors included the City of Tavares; and the Mission Inn Resort and Club. Festival Donors included AAA Auto Club South; AMF Bowling Leesburg; Bay Street Players; Breakpoint Alley; Carrabba’s Italian Grill; Cracker Barrel Old Country Store; Courtland Walker Financial Group; Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Tavares; Hurricane Dockside Grill; Melon Patch Theatre; OakWood Smokehouse & Grill; Outback Steak House; PAL Realty; Perkins’ Restaurant & Bakery; Publix; Sonnentag Theater at Ice House; SFG Supply, Eustis; Tavares High School Culinary Department; Target; The Fresh Market; Winn Dixie; Vic’s, Embers Supper Club; and Vann Gannaway Chevrolet. These community businesses encourage our libraries with their donations of dollars; gift items and tickets. We are all in this together building a strong, literate community.
All BookFest programs were free thanks to these sponsors. Without their support, and the support of our amazing authors and Friends of the Library, 40 programs would not have been possible.
We also want to give a special mention to BookFest Committee members who worked many hours to keep this award winning program. Barbara Morse contributed her time and her creativity to create the Native Pride quilt in the style of the Seminole & Miccosukee Native Peoples of Florida. For the second year in a row, this raffle item has generated a great deal of interest and money. Kudos also to Marli Lopez who created two afghans, the Seminole Blush and Palmettos at Dusk, for our raffle and silent auction. Helena Osborne-Ponsi lent her considerable talents to offer an edible made to order sugar arts creation, a shoebox cake which serves 20.
We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with the students from the Tavares High School Culinary Department under the direction of Chef Marcus Herrington, CEC at the Authors’ Reception. Chef Herrington and his students have never failed to impress our guests, authors and staff with their skill and professional service!
In 2013, with the assistance of Mrs. Ponsi, we secured several chefs from the American Culinary Federation Gulf to Lakes Chapter to assist us with food for the programs in the libraries. Our many thanks go out to Chef Jeffrey Rotz for his dedication to the BookFest and to serving this community. The very talented contributors included Valerie Hart; American Roland; Chef John Bell from Leesburg High School; Chef Robert Ponsi; Chef Matthew Dennis from Umatilla High School; and Sandy McClendon. Lake County is a much tastier destination thanks to these wonderful chefs.