Jarden Corporation Pledges to Contribute up to $100,000 to Downtown Harrison
Public Library Renovations through Corporate Matching Challenge
Jarden Executives Challenge Other Local Companies to Support the Library as
the Harrison Public Library Foundation Seeks to Raise an Additional $1.1M by
HARRISON, N.Y. -- July 23, 2013
The Harrison Public Library Foundation announced today that Jarden
Corporation, a global leader in branded consumer products, has pledged a
$100,000 grant to help renovate the Downtown Harrison Public Library. The
grant will be in the form of a matching challenge, whereby Jarden will
contribute $1 for every $2 contributed by the local corporate community up to
$100,000. Through this matching challenge, Jarden hopes to inspire other local
companies to make contributions to reinvigorate and enhance the library.
“We are pleased to support the much-needed renovation of the Downtown Harrison
Public Library,” said Martin E. Franklin, Executive Chairman of Jarden
Corporation, based in Rye, New York. “We chose to support the renovation
because the area is home to many of our employees and the library is just
steps away from our corporate headquarters. To the dozens of other large
companies nearby, we challenge you to make similar gifts to the Library, to
help support the community where we all do business.”
The Harrison Public Library has been an educational, recreational, cultural
and social hub in the town for more than 100 years, but is in dire need of
renovation. With the help of funding from corporate and individual
contributions, the Harrison Public Library Foundation plans to upgrade the
building’s infrastructure, improve technology and update and expand square
footage to better accommodate and support the growth of the town’s population.
“Libraries are an integral part of our communities, providing educational and
social programs and safe places for residents of all ages to learn, grow and
stay connected to their community and world around them,” said James E.
Lillie, CEO of Jarden Corporation. “It is our hope that other local
corporations and individuals will join Jarden in contributing to the library
fund to help reach their goal.”
The planned renovations will allow the Downtown Harrison Library to host more
educational classes, employment seminars and other community-focused programs.
Expanded and updated areas will provide comfortable space to read, work and
socialize. New technology will include 41 computer stations and a community
room with state-of-the-art TV studio equipment, a small stage and a
surround-sound speaker system that can be used to host musical performances,
lectures, art exhibits and film screenings. In addition, the renovated Library
will feature a new teen facility, to be named the “Marmot Teen Center”. Marmot
is a globally distributed brand of high-performance, technical clothing,
apparel and equipment owned by Jarden.
“I want to thank Jarden Corporation and its senior management for stepping up
with a generous contribution to help renovate the library,” said Ross
Halperin, Executive Director of the Harrison Library Foundation. “We hope that
other local companies will recognize the value that having this updated space
would bring to Harrison and the entire surrounding community.”
In addition to the corporate contributions from Jarden, The Harrison Library
Foundation has secured contributions from the Richard E. Halperin Memorial
Fund ($1.2M), The Town of Harrison ($1.1M) and a NY State Construction Grant
($73k). An additional $1.1 million is needed to complete the project.
Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2014, requiring fundraising
completion by October 2013.
For more information on the Harrison Library Foundation and how to make a
contribution, please visit: http://www.hplf.org/
About Harrison Library Foundation
The Harrison Public Library Foundation (“HPLF”) is a nonprofit organization
created to support the Harrison Public Library's facilities and programming.
HPLF's first campaign, launched October 2, 2011, aims to raise funds to
renovate the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building at 2 Bruce Avenue.
The Foundation’s mission is to improve and enhance the Harrison Public
Library’s facilities, to support its programs and capabilities, and to ensure
that it will remain the heart of the community for present and future
generations of Harrison residents. For more information, visit
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer
products with a portfolio of over 100 trusted, quality brands sold globally.
Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well
recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, Aero®, Berkley®,
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Diamond®, Dicon®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®,
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Quickie®, Spontex® and Tigex®. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #383
on the Fortune 500 and has over 25,000 employees worldwide. For further
information about Jarden, please visit www.jarden.com
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Ross Halperin, 914-874-4666
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