Friends and Family: Burches donate to library building project

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
The Burch Family recently donated stock worth at least $25,000 to the Berryville Library Building Project. Pictured from left to right are Berryville Library director Julie Hall, Friends of the Berryville Library president Mary Knight, Berryville Library Advisory Board president Joe Scott, Burch Family members Maria Burch Whiteside, Jack Burch and Gene Burch and Friends of the Library members LeeAnn Jackson, Karen Johnson and Eddie Usrey.
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The Burch family, longtime Berryville residents and former owners of Maverick Supply, recently donated stock to the Berryville Library Building Project. This gift is worth at least $25,000.

Maria Burch Whiteside and her brothers Jack and Gene along with their families are serving as the honorary campaign chairs for the Berryville Library Building Project.

The Burch family served the community for over 45 years as a plumbing and electrical distributor.

 Their father started the business in the early 1970s, which led to the formation of Maverick Supply.

The family has always demonstrated the importance of community involvement and their business has been a wonderful supporter of the Berryville Library and many other worthy projects throughout the years. The Burch Family has been instrumental in encouraging other small businesses and leaders to support this project. 

Maria spoke for the family, saying: “While we have all recently retired from Maverick and the business is under new ownership, the Burch family roots run deep in this area, and we would like nothing more than to help the library succeed in a project that will benefit the community for many decades. We would encourage other families in this community to follow our lead and support the library. A library is such an important asset to the community as it serves everyone.”

Mary Knight, president of the Friends of the Berryville Library Inc., thanked the Burch Family for this generous donation and their support of the library building project.

“The Friends of the Berryville Library are a registered 501(c)(3) organization so all contributions to the Friends or our Building Project are tax-deductible. If you’re looking to support a worthwhile project before the year ends, your donations of any size are very much appreciated,” Knight said.

“We’ve had several families approach us about using highly appreciated stocks as their gift to the building project. We know these gifts usually prove beneficial to both the donor and the library and we are now able to accept them. We thank the Burch family for taking the lead yet again in helping us find ways to help people donate to our project,” said Joe Scott, president of the Berryville Library Advisory Board.

The Berryville Library kicked off a $2.5 million building project in April 2021 to construct a new, larger building. Since tax dollars are prohibited from being used for library construction, the project will require private, corporate and grant funding. 

The goal is to raise the needed funds by the year 2025 or before.

The new library will be built at 207 Springfield St. on land donated by the City of Berryville, across from the Berryville City Pool at the intersection of Branch and Basore streets. 

Those who are interested in making a donation or pledge, or would like to learn more about planned giving to the Berryville Library Building Project or are just interested in learning more about giving and naming opportunities may send an email to berryvillelibrary2025@gmail.com or call or stop by the library at 104 Spring St. in Berryville.

The library’s telephone number is 870-423-2323.

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