Three New Beneficiaries

The Dayton Book Fair Foundation has chosen three downtown Dayton nonprofit organizations as beneficiaries of the 2019 Dayton Book Fair. This year’s book fair is the the 49th annual fair, the largest used book sale in Ohio and will generate grants of around $10,000 for each recipient.

The three organizations chosen from a large pool of applicants are the Dayton Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Dayton LGBT Center and Community Action Partners of the Miami Valley.

“We get so many excellent applicants each year,” said foundation director Larkin Vonalt “that it’s a great challenge to just pick three.” The process of choosing beneficiaries takes four to six weeks for the board of seven. “The organizations we chose this year had also applied in previous years,” Vonalt said “and in that light, we strongly encourage organizations to apply more than once.”

The three groups they picked this year all call downtown Dayton home, and range from a tiny nonprofit to an enormous organization with a multi-million dollar budget. “But just because they’re big doesn’t mean that they don’t need help,” Vonalt explained. That beneficiary, Community Action Partners of Miami Valley has been trying for years to build a bus shelter outside their south Main St. offices to provide a safe, dry place for their clients to wait for the bus. Though their budget is considerable, all of it has stipulations attached, and there was nothing extra to build the shelter.”  Community Action Partners is a private non-profit organization that provides assistance with utilities, weatherization, shelter programs, transportation, legal issues, home repair, computer literacy, tax assistance and housing.

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Also chosen to receive a grant this year is the Greater Dayton LGBT Center on Jefferson St. The funding they’ll receive is earmarked for the commercial kitchen they’re building to prepare free community meals they offer, teach cooking classes and meet the requirements for a licensed kitchen to be able to make food items for resale. The LGBT Center also offers support groups, a book club, health testing, holiday gatherings, social events, AA meetings, Yoga classes and seminars in their efforts to “enhance lives and empower members of diverse sexual and gender communities throughout the Miami Valley.”

“The third recipient is the smallest, a group of artists and musicians that for the last seven years have produced (on a shoestring) a marvelous festival and parade celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, one of the most important of Mexican holidays,” Vonalt said.

Though predominantly Mexican, the holiday is also marked in Europe as “All Saints Day” and focuses on gatherings to remember friends and family who have died, and help support their spiritual journey through parties, parades and the making of altars to honor them. This vibrant celebration at the Dayton Day of the Dead Festival begins with a parade through the Oregon district with huge skeleton puppets, floats, revelers in elaborate costumes (and sugar-skull facepaint and wreaths of flowers), musicians, dancers and children. The parade finishes at the Old Yellow Cab company where festivities continue with story telling, folk dancing, music, more face painting and Mexican and South American street food provided by local restaurants and St. Mary’s Church. The festival is free and family-friendly.

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Through the year, the organizations are each asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the Book Fair Foundation and to help with a book drive and promoting the fair. “We hope to build a relationship with each of our beneficiaries,” Vonalt explained. “In the end, we want to try to build a stronger network of Dayton-area non-profits helping each other.”

 

Another One for the Record Books

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Hard to believe it’s already been a week since we took this photo on the last hours of clean-up of our 46th annual Book Fair.  We are pleased to say that we made enough money that our three beneficiaries (FilmDayton, K12 Gallery & TEJAS, and the Learning Tree Farm) we’ll each  be presented with a substantial check to help continue their important work.

We could not have done this without a platoon of volunteers. Maybe a couple of platoons. We are forever indebted to those who step forward to help us, time and again, who work long hours, lift heavy boxes and are not only still standing at the end of a long day, but still smiling too. And not just at the sale, which is 8 days of steady labor, but also year round at our office and warehouse, the Book Loft.

31025773496_fa5a45aecf_oOur enduring gratitute~

Lynn Adams, Larry Banks, Wendy Banks, Pat Barcelona, Carlyle Barnard, Jack Barnard, Barbara Beach, Deb Bentley, Debbie Bertke, Karl Bissett, Alice Bush, Marv Campbell, Ted Campbell, Rebecca Cantrell, Shelly Charles, Darcie Clark, Charlene Cross, Dennis Cross, Brian Davies, Keelan Day, Fran Delegato, Dori Dick, Jeannette Dohner, David Engelsman, Diane Estridge, Allison Fickus, Maggie French, Garry Greene, Mindy Greene, Lisa Grigsby,  Lynn Haven, Pam Henson, Jo Hoak, Cassie Hoell, Dave Hurwitz, Pat Johnson, Abby Kallmeyer, Chrissy Kaninberg, Betsy Keyes, Barbara Kordenat, Norm Krebs, Jan Leary, Tracy Leonard, Elmer Lieu, Julian Lieu, Christian Matheny, Jack Matheny, Grace Miller, Karen Miller, Tom Miller, Jana Morse, Nancy Nerny, Donna Nickels, Maureen O’Meara, Ally Reckers, Brenda Rupert, Chris Rupert, Kate Schultz, Janice Shuler, Gary Sinck, Audrey Smith, Sandy Smith, Amanda Tomlin, Susan Tomlin, Larkin Vonalt, Bea Walther and Nancy Watson.

Our thanks also to our wonderful business partners, who always go above and beyond to help us provide Dayton with it’s oldest and largest used book sale.

Beavercreek Rental, Kevin Crisler from Cox Media, Beth Anspach from Dayton Daily News, Meredith Moss from Dayton Daily News, David Esrati from Next Wave, Brian Miracle at First Data, Fred Grundeman, Steven Roe from Huntington Bank; Kosins’ Tents and Events, Bill Landis, Patty and her guys at Lewis and Michael; The Living Dayton Crew at WDTN, Aaron Collett, Lori Page, Dale Spencer and the Guys in Blue from the Montgomery County Fairgounds; Jeannette Peters-Ware, Roscoe Peters, and Nina, Michael, Joe and the rest of the Security Team from Peak Security, Our Gang at Penske; Alyson Brate from the Perfect Wife Catering, Aimee Thomes Plesa, and Andi Smith.

And of course, an enormous thank you to the hundreds of people who bring their books into us, who call us to come get their books, to Miami Valley Boy Scout Troop 516, to the great folks at the West Milton Library, at the Tipp City Library, at the Dayton Metro Libraries, and all of the  many churches, synagogues and local businesses who graciously host barrels for donated books.

And finally– our customers, who delight us with their enthusiasm for books, who give space on their shelves to a few more volumes (or a few hundred more volumes) some of whom have been coming year after year after year — and some who just found us this year. WIthout you, there would be no success. Thank you, and please come again.

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It’s been yet another wonderful sale. So many thousands of books found new homes, so many thousands of people found new books— and it’s all thanks to you.