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Harrison Library Gets Yankees Coach for Fundraiser

HARRISON, N.Y. - The local library seems to have hit a home run for its fundraising efforts. Harrison resident and baseball's New York Yankees Head Coach Joe Girardi will be stopping by the library later this month for a fundraising event sponsored by the Harrison Public Library.

As the Harrison Library continues its efforts to expand and renovate, the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Fund has pledged to match every dollar raised for the cause. Girardi will be on-site for the Jan. 29 fundraiser signing autographs, meeting residents and taking photos at 2 Bruce Ave. in Harrison.

Library Director Galina Chernykh has been at the forefront of the library's evolving image since joining last summer.

"This is very exciting," Chernkyh said last October when the library kicked off its fundraising efforts. "We dream big. This community really deserves a wonderful library."

Diane Sammons, president of the library board of trustees, said the library's ongoing plans to renovate depend largely on the public's engagement and hopes that an event like this will spark public interest.

The fundraiser offers different options for residents interested in visiting Girardi. The "MVP" package runs $225 and includes two guest passes for entry, Girardi's signing of two provided items and a photograph. These tickets must be purchased online in advance and the exclusive signing session runs from noon to 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Those interested in having the skipper sign various baseball items will have to donate according to the item being signed with cards/photos at $35, baseballs and bats at $50 each and uniforms or other items at $100 each. The general admission signing event runs from 12:20 p.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be a limited number of tickets available.

The Harrison Library has pledged to expand its local programming reach since acquiring a $2,500 grant last month .

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