Inaugural Event a Success

The Library Foundation hosted its first fundraising luncheon on April 16 featuring Jeffrey Toobin, best-selling author and senior political analyst for CNN.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation sponsored the luncheon and Sarasota Magazine was the exclusive media sponsor.

More than 260 guests gathered at The Francis on Palm Avenue to hear Toobin share “An Insider’s View of the Supreme Court.”  With deep knowledge of the law, intelligent insights into the workings of the Court, and personal and witty commentary on the justices, Toobin helped the audience understand the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court for the last 60 years.  Toobin also signed copies of The Nine and The Oath, his two most recent books about the Bush and Obama courts, after the luncheon.

The Toobin luncheon was the hottest ticket in town.  The event sold out in 10 days without ever printing an invitation.  A “two-for-one” matching grant extended at the luncheon by an anonymous donor at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County yielded more than $60,000 in new support for the Library Foundation.

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