To the Editor:

All of us on the board of the Edgartown Library Foundation (ELF) thank all of you who made our Tour of Italy event at Lattanzi’s a fun and successful evening. The foundation raises funds and awareness for the needs of the library and its programs and services. The food was wonderful, and the wine and conversations flowed. Thanks to Albert and Cathy Lattanzi and their wonderful staff.

We had wonderful sponsors — the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank and an anonymous donor, underwriters of the event. Raffle prizes were donated by: Claudio Gasparini (an original painting), Rosalie and Jim Shane (a two-night stay at the Boston Harbor Hotel), Bill Curtis (dinner for two at Del Frisco’s), Lattanzi’s (dinner for two), the Square Rigger (a gift certificate), and Al’s Liquors (wine). Special thanks to Melissa Aldeborgh of VBGraphics who produced the wonderful passports, posters, tickets, ads, posters, name badges, etc.

The board honored Felicia Cheney for her dedication to the library with a free pass to all ELF events, a framed photo, and the Microsoft Table will be installed at the library in her honor. The trustees of the library also honored Felicia with a gift certificate for indulgence at Boucle’. While Felicia was a bit speechless, Lisa Sherman, interim library director, ably assisted Felicia in representing the library and expressing their thanks for the foundation’s efforts.

Julie Lively, co-chair of the trustees of the library, spoke to those gathered about what the foundation has meant to the library and its role going forward. She also shared the trustees’ work on preparing for the town vote April 10 and 12, to fund a new library to be built (hopefully) on the site of the former Edgartown School. The grant has been approved, and funding is expected in July 2013. Plan to vote.

Herb Foster and Carl Watt (trustees of the library) offered to meet with small groups to discuss the library project and asked attendees to sign up for convenient dates for these koffee klatches.

Raffle prizes were won, food and wine was consumed, and friends and acquaintances chatted away — a great way to spend a February’s winter evening.Thank you all.

Susan L. Cahoon

Edgartown Library Foundation