Silver Key Book Fair a financial success
The annual Silver Key Senior Services Book Fair broke its sales record at the event March 24-26.|
But that's no surprise. The fair breaks its record every year, according to Silver Key Controller Cheryl Holcomb.
This year's event earned $2,139 for Silver Key, a private, non-profit agency serving the elderly. That represents a $122 increase over the previous year, she said.
She's not sure how many years the fair has gone on, but there's been a new record every year since she started with the agency five years ago.
The books were donated from area individuals and stores.
She said about 300 people came to the fair over the three days. She estimated the attendance based on sales. Asked if this accounted for people who just browsed without buying, she said, “Most everyone who comes usually walks out with something - some with boxes and boxes. You'd be surprised.”
The continuing growth of the event inspired staff and volunteer organizers to move it to the biggest room in the 2250 Bott Ave. building this year.
“If it continues, we might have to hold the fair in the summer and move it out to the parking lot,” Holcomb said, half-jokingly.
Actually, she pointed out, the agency already has its annual Summer Fair in its parking lot in July - Silver Key's biggest fund raiser of the year - at which a wide range of things are put on sale, including donated cars.
Any books that weren't sold at the Book Fair will be available again at the summer fair, she said, or “we'll save them for next year's book fair.”
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