Doreen Gauthier Lighthouse Point Library celebrates 50th Anniversary

Posted on 29 October 2015 by JLusk

TOP-Library Director Christy Keyes with Friends of the Library volunteers Suzanne Marquette Esposito and Carolyn Bergamai.

Library Director Christy Keyes with Friends of the Library volunteers Suzanne Marquette Esposito and Carolyn Bergamai.

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Silent auction.

4-Former LHP Mayor Fred Schorr poses with fellow former Mayor Leo Bentz, with his wife Mary.

Former LHP Mayor Fred Schorr poses with fellow former Mayor Leo Bentz, with his wife Mary.

3-Mayor Troast and LHP Commissioners celebrate the library.

Mayor Troast and LHP Commissioners celebrate the library.

2-Marjorie Troast,Carolyn Bergamai, Pam Sargeant, Doreen Gauthier, Barb Roberts and Suzanne Marquette Esposito.

Marjorie Troast,Carolyn Bergamai, Pam Sargeant, Doreen Gauthier, Barb Roberts and Suzanne Marquette Esposito.

5-Patty and Jeff Miranda

Patty and Jeff Miranda

 

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Greeting guests.

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Silent auction items.

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Wine wagon.

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Audrey Hepburn adds to the ambiance.

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Remembering Life in the ’60s.

By Rachel Galvin

Guests streamed into the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club on Oct. 23 for the 50th Anniversary of the Lighthouse Point Library. What began in 1965 in a rented storefront with only 500 books and the help of residents Bill and Elayne Solien, has today grown into an 8,000 sq. ft. facility with 41,000 books. To commemorate this milestone, the library, located at 2200 NE 38 St., has had free top notch programs yearlong, including bringing in New York Times best-selling authors. Three hundred people attended their “Wild About the Library” day filled with animals, kids activities and more. But everything culminated in this celebratory evening filled with 1960s revelry, including mini lava lamps and other groovy décor as centerpieces on the dinner tables. Guests could participate in the silent auction, as well as a live auction with Pompano Mayor Lamar Fisher as auctioneer. People tried their luck with the wine toss and shook their groove thing on the dance floor.

 

Many dignitaries attended, including Doreen Gauthier, the library’s namesake, who served as director since 1979 but has now retired as a librarian. LHP Commissioners were in attendance, as well as Mayor Troast and former mayor Fred Schorr. Leo Bentz, who was once mayor in the 1980s, was mingling in the crowd with his wife Mary, and Florida Atlantic University president John Kelly and his wife Carolyn were present as well.

 

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