Library raffle offers enticing array of gifts

Eight premier properties that are seldom open to the public represent just one attraction of the Kennett Public Library’s popular Home & Garden tour: Another is adding a festive flair to the library’s entrance.

The Chocolate Fever basket, prepared by the library staff, is sure to please the most avid chocoholic.

The Chocolate Fever basket, prepared by the library staff, is sure to please the most avid chocoholic.

Ten elegantly displayed gift baskets, accompanied by a list of contents and their values, are part of the event’s annual raffle. And with odds much more favorable than Powerball, the difficult choice may be which basket to try and win.

The options range from a YMCA offering valued at $873 that includes a six-month family membership to a $326 Kindle Paperwhite selection that includes a cordless e-reader, a crocheted afghan, and Eclat chocolates to keep you warm and fed while you catch up on the latest novel.

For the oenophile, the library’s board of trustees has assembled an assortment that required two wooden carriers to contain its contents. In addition to 16 bottles of wine, this prize features the “Wine Bible” book for reference and two wine totes created with wine-themed fabric by Laura Allen, the wife of board member Stan Allen. It’s valued at $556.

The board of trustees' wine basket has attracted a lot of attention.

The library board of trustees' wine basket has attracted a lot of attention.

Food lovers may opt for a basket that includes a $150 gift card from Wegman’s, assorted Wegman’s food products, and brunch for six at Brandywine Prime, a culinary bonanza with an estimated cost of $310.

For those whose definition of food is limited to chocolate, the library staff prepared a mouth-watering $175 mélange of temptations such as Baci and Ghiradelli chocolate, Godiva dark chocolate liqueur, hot fudge topping, and a chocolate-lovers cookbook.

Other offerings include tickets to the Kennett Symphony’s performance at Longwood Gardens, jewelry, spa treatments, a round of golf for four at the Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, and more.

Donna Murray, director of the Kennett Public Library said the staff and library board are extremely grateful to the committee volunteers who work so hard all year long.

“This event is not only a great fundraiser, but also a lovely and popular event,” said Murray. “Revenue from the tour is so important to our operations and enables us to offer innovative and valuable programs to our community. We would not be able to do half of what we do if it weren’t for this committee.”

For example, the 2015 tour, which raised $27,395, made possible a recent visit from children’s author and illustrator Margie Palatini. The creator of beloved children’s books such as “Piggie Pie” and “Mooseltoe,” Palatini enchanted a library audience on May 4.

Murray said much credit goes to Helena Busacca, the Special Events Committee member who heads the raffle.

“Helena is the conduit who encourages all of us to get out into the community to obtain the contents of each unique basket,” said Tiffany Volovich, one of the committee members.  “She’s done the hard work to greatly improve the success of the raffle.”

Volovich, who attended a recent library board meeting, made a point of thanking board members for their contributions to the raffle. “And if I win the wine basket, my husband will thank you, too,” she joked.

She will likely have competition. “Those totes are exquisite,” said Murray, referring to the Laura Allen creations. “People are going to want that basket just for them. Actually, all the baskets are wonderful.”

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the library as well as online at but patrons need to get to the library by June 2 or attend the tour to put the raffle tickets into the baskets of their choice. The cost is $2 per ticket or 6 for $10, and the drawing will be Monday, June 6.

This year’s tour, entitled “Chadds Ford and Beyond,” marks the 25th anniversary of the event. It is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit



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