The Murrieta Public Library Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization, made it’s
debut on March 19 at the Murrieta Public Library before a group of local leaders
including Murrieta Mayor Kelly Bennett, council members Doug McAllister, Rick Gibbs
and Gary Thomasian as well as other citizens who have expressed a commitment to the
goals of the founding members.
Foundation president Juanita Blankenship spoke about the foundation’s creation and
She said its main purpose will be to build a stronger, educated and cultured community
through the library.
Juanita also explained that obtaining private funds to establish an endowment will
allow the Murrieta Library’s ability to meet those needs.
Mayor Bennett expressed gratitude to the founding group and her support of the foundation
and its goal to assist with the library’s continued development. The effort will
help attract businesses and families to the community, she said.
Councilman McAllister, who is credited with planting the seed for creating the foundation
during his term as mayor, spoke of the importance of reading for maintaining a cultured
Entertainment was provided by pianist Robert Schultz and floral arrangements were
donated by Michael’s Flower Girl and Albertsons. Anthony’s Lounge & Ristorante catered
the event. Additional sponsors included North County Sand & Gravel, BevMo, Bear Creek
Golf Club, Callaway Vineyard & Winery, and Bill and Sandi Hargraves.