Serving The Community For Sixty-Three Years

Library holds annual fundraising gala

Photo by Katherine Koenig

Photo by Katherine Koenig

The Desert Foothills Library celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year thanks to the loyalty of its donors and volunteers. Working under its mission to “facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture by providing personalized and responsive resources, services, social and learning opportunities to the community it serves,” the library is open to everyone, seven days a week and supports the entire Foothills community with culturally enriching programs, educational events and quality services.

Desert Foothills Library is unique in that it is a 501(c)3 non-profit, privately funded public library – the only privately funded library in the state of Arizona. It is also home to Chapter2Books, the largest used book store in the North Valley. With over 15,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, all purchases and donations help support the running of the library.

In order to continue serving its North Valley patrons, the library is gearing up for one of its largest fundraisers of the year, and the entire community is invited. The Ninth Annual Gala “All That Jazz” will be held Saturday, February 11, at 5:30pm. The event will take place at the Library, 38443 North School House Road, in Cave Creek.

This year’s fundraiser includes hosted cocktails, a gourmet dinner and a silent auction, as well as a champagne and wine event. Jo Gemmill, library board member and owner of the English Rose Tea Room, will emcee the event. Festivities will be followed with a performance from celebrated pianist Nicole Pesce and the Rhys Kelso Quartet.

Tickets are $175 per person and are available by contacting Executive Director David Court or Library Manager Terri Engebretson, at 480.488.2286 or by emailing All proceeds benefit the library. For more information, visit the library online at

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