Two challenge pledges of $50,000 and $10,000 could wind up raising more than a quarter of the approximately $400,000 Friends of the Cambria Library needs to close a deal with the county. That deal would convert a shell of a building on Main Street into the community’s new, larger, fully equipped library.
John Halvik, owner of the Ole Cambria Marketplace, carwash and Shell station, has pledged to match up to $10,000 in new donations. And a Cambria couple, who want to remain anonymous, have agreed to match up to $50,000 in new donations.
The double-down aspect makes challenge grants — well — challenging, but prospectively twice as valuable.
“Your gift will be worth twice as much if you donate between now and June 30,” said Greg Fitzgerald, who heads up Friends’ drive to raise a total of $1.4 million, about $1 million of which has already been accumulated.
The library group must
raise the balance by the end of this year for the new library to become a reality across from the Veterans Memorial Building.
Meanwhile, Friends is gearing up for the April 14 fundraiser organized by David and Beth Yudovin, a catered lasagna dinner to be capped by his presentation, “Reaching for Your Goals, One Stroke at a Time,” about setting and meeting goals big and small, his channel swims in Indonesia and the commonplace way one of those swims almost cost him his life.
Libraries are dear to the Yudovins’ hearts. He says that, as a child, time he spent in a library with his grandmother, reading books about swimming and the sea, “planted the seed for adventure and travel” and set him on his lifelong quest to cross ocean channels that had never before been conquered.
So far, he’s done that 17 times, in addition to swimming the English Channel, from Catalina, Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands to the California coastline, and other traditional channel swims.
Yudovin also plans to talk about the couple’s motivation for their strenuous 2011. “We were each celebrating our 60th birthdays and our 25th wedding anniversary. We set some goals to challenge ourselves,” and then accomplished most of them.
“And that’s what Cambrians need to do now for their new library,” he said. “The goal is set. We just all need to work hard together now to meet it.”
Tickets to the David and Beth Yudovin fundraiser for Friends of the Cambria Library ($35) are available at the library, 900 Main St.; the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; or call 924-1814.