Champions of Literacy

Champions of Literacy is a robust group of donors who give “above and beyond” to support Durham Library Foundation and Durham County Library.

Annual gifts of $1,000+ help close the gap between county funding and the needs and aspirations of our library. Contributions pay for big events such as Library Fest and regional specific projects like take-home literacy and science materials. A Durham Library Foundation grant funded “tech kits” at Bragtown, including computers and hot spots for use by economically challenged areas of our community. See our Impact page for more examples.

Foundation Champions receive special notices and communications, as well as invitations to two special events.

Past Champion Events - 22-23 Events to Be Posted Summer 2022

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VIVIAN HOWARD
VIP RECEPTION WITH LIBRARY FEST II
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Georgann Eubanks
Saving the Wild South - The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction
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Judge Willis P. Whichard
CIVILITY
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Jackie Shelton Green
Poet Laureate of North Carolina
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Susan Orlean
VIP Preview – The Library Book
Photo Credit: Kate Medley
Small group tours of Main Library

We celebrate the following individuals and businesses who are recognized as Champions of Literacy:

2021-2022 Champions of Literacy

  • Marian Fragola & Jeremy Arkin
  • Placide Barada
  • Matthew Barnette
  • Barbara Braatz
  • Brenda Brodie
  • Jennings Brody
  • Asa & John Butts
  • Margareta Claesson
  • Bonnie & Jim Cox
  • Ann & Rhodes Craver
  • Deborah Demott
  • Leslie Dillon
  • Nancy & Dennis Dougherty
  • Anne & Jon Enberg
  • Margery Enberg
  • Rheda Epstein
  • The Forest at Duke
  • Joyce Frederick & Bill O’Conner
  • Cavett & Barker French
  • Fox Family Foundation
  • Kay & Wade Gresham
  • C.M. Herndon Foundation
  • Vicki & Ethan Hertz
  • Ann & Bill Kirkland
  • Kiwanis Club of Durham
  • Carolyn London
  • Leta & Roger Loyd
  • Norma Martin
  • E.A. Morris Foundation
  • Lew Myers
  • Lois Oliver
  • Laura Otterbourg
  • Desiree Palmer
  • Gita Gulati-Partee
  • Christine Payne
  • Catherine & Henry Petroski
  • Gloria & George Quick
  • Sylvianne Roberge
  • Caroline & Arthur Rogers
  • Frances Rollins
  • Amy Csorba & Robert Schmitz
  • Molly Simes
  • Katherine Skinner
  • Guy & Mindy Solie
  • Kitty Moses & Kenneth Soo
  • Claire Tenny
  • Lee Ann & Larry Tilley
  • Ann Timmins
  • Elizabeth and Doug Townsend
  • Leona & Willis P. Whichard
  • Jean & Charles Wilson
  • Angela & Greggor Zoltners

2020-2021 Champions of Literacy

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
  • Placide Barada
  • Matthew Barnette
  • Barnes Family Foundation
  • Barbara Braatz
  • Brenda Brodie
  • Jennings Brody
  • Åsa & John Butts
  • Bonnie & Jim Cox
  • Ann & Rhodes Craver
  • Amy Csorba & Bob Schmitz
  • Nancy & Dennis Dougherty
  • E.A. Morris Charitable Foundation
  • Edgewood Properties
  • Margery Enberg
  • Rheda Epstein
  • Gail & David Ferriero
  • The Forest at Duke
  • Fox Family Foundation
  • Marian Fragola & Jeremy Arkin
  • Cavett & Barker French
  • Liz & Mark Gustafson
  • Peggy & Floyd Hardy
  • Vicki & Ethan Hertz
  • Kennon Craver, PLLC
  • Ann & William Kirkland
  • Leta & Roger Loyd
  • Junella & John Macrae
  • Kate Medley & Will Funk
  • Ilene Nelson
  • Lois Oliver
  • Opensource Leadership Strategies – Gita Gulati-Partee
  • Laura Otterbourg
  • Desiree Palmer
  • Christine Payne
  • Martha Penny
  • Sylvianne Roberge
  • Caroline & Arthur Rogers
  • Frances Rollins
  • Ann & Charles Sanders
  • Schmidt-Nielsen and Claesson Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • Katherine Skinner
  • Mindy & Guy Solie
  • Ann & Robert Timmins
  • Elizabeth & Douglas Townsend
  • Clarice & Richard Weinberg
  • Leona & Willis P. Whichard
  • Jean & Charles Wilson

2019-2020 Champions of Literacy

(July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
  • Anonymous
  • Placide Barada
  • Matthew Barnette
  • Barbara Braatz
  • Brenda Brodie
  • Jennings Brody
  • Åsa & John Butts
  • C.M. Herndon Foundation
  • Bonnie & Jim Cox
  • Ann & Rhodes Craver
  • Amy Csorba & Robert Schmitz
  • Leslie Dillon
  • E. A. Morris Charitable Foundation
  • Rheda Epstein
  • The Forest at Duke
  • Fox Family Foundation
  • Marian Fragola & Jeremy Arkin
  • Victoria & Ethan Hertz
  • Kiwanis Club of Durham, Inc.
  • Norma & Jarvis Martin
  • Lois Oliver
  • Opensource Leadership Strategies, Inc.
  • Laura Otterbourg
  • Christina Payne
  • Martha Penny
  • Sylvianne Roberge
  • Caroline & Arthur Rogers
  • E.T. Rollins Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Foundation
  • Schmidt-Nielsen and Claesson Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • Katherine Skinner
  • Mindy & Guy Solie
  • Ann & Robert Timmins
  • Elizabeth & Douglas Townsend
  • Leona & Willis P. Whichard
  • Jean & Charles Wilson

2018-2019 Champions of Literacy

(July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
  • Jean Bradley Anderson
  • Anonymous
  • Jeremy Arkin & Marian Fragola
  • Ann & Rhodes Craver
  • Matthew Barnette
  • Richard Barnette
  • Baskerville Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • Barbara Braatz
  • Brenda Brodie
  • Jennings Brody
  • Frances Dyer & James Stewart
  • Margery Enberg
  • Rheda Epstein
  • Fox Family Foundation
  • George & Jane Goodridge
  • C.M. Herndon Foundation
  • Vicki & Ethan Hertz
  • Kennon Craver PLLC
  • Kiwanis Club of Durham, in memory of George Linder
  • Carolyn London
  • Norma & Jarvis Martin
  • Lew Myers
  • Lois Oliver
  • Martha Penny
  • Dr. Laurie Ray
  • Ellen & Ken Reckhow
  • Sylvianne Roberge
  • Frances Rollins
  • Schmidt-Nielsen & Claesson Family Fund of Triangle Community Foundation
  • Kenneth Soo & Kitty Moses
  • Robert S. & Ann Timmins
  • David Westmoreland
  • Willis & Leona Whichard
  • Jean & Charles Wilson
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