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New Library Foundation to Fund Harrison Upgrades

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison's libraries are expecting state-of-the-art renovations over the next several years through funds being raised by new nonprofit organization, the Harrison Public Library Foundation .

A pledge from the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Foundation is expected to boost the foundation's support in creating better libraries for the town.

“We are looking forward to working with the library board of trustees and the community to provide Harrison with a library that it needs and deserves,” said Ross Halperin, 23, the eldest of Richard Halperin’s four sons and an active member of the HPLF Board of Directors. “We are interviewing architects and look forward to unveiling our proposed plans for the initial project to the community in October.”

The foundation was formed in November 2010 and is made up of eight Harrison volunteers. It exists to "improve and enhance the Harrison Public Library’s facilities, to support its programs and capabilities, and to ensure that it will remain the heart of our community for present and future generations of Harrison residents," according to a press release.

“We are very excited to see this project come to fruition,” HPLF President Stephen Hicks said. “The generous pledge from the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Foundation is a dynamic and encouraging first step combined with the support from the town and community.”

HPLF funding will go towards facilities and programming improvements at the downtown library and the West Harrison branch. The group’s initial project is to renovate the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Building, the Harrison Public Library’s downtown facility.

The foundation recently received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service, according to a press release, and declared that gifts to the HPLF will be tax deductible for donors.

The Harrison Public Library Foundation was initially formed in response to a matching commitment by the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Foundation. A separate entity, this foundation has vowed to match the HPLF’s fundraising efforts with a donation of up to $1 million.

An event is scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Building downtown to reveal renovation plans and to kick off the fundraising campaign.

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