Roanoke library nets PHH as major donor

Darlene Garrett (right), chief operating officer of Parkview Huntington Hospital, presents a $25,000 donation to Perry Collins (center), a member of the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation to fund the Parkview Huntington Program Room.
Darlene Garrett (right), chief operating officer of Parkview Huntington Hospital, presents a $25,000 donation to Perry Collins (center), a member of the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation to fund the Parkview Huntington Program Room. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Parkview Huntington Hospital has become the most recent major donor to the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation's capital campaign.

Darlene Garrett, chief operating officer at Parkview Huntington, announced that the hospital's board of directors approved a $25,000 donation to fund the library's program room.

The funds will be used to finish and equip the "Parkview Huntington Program Room" in the new library facility. The room will be equipped with 21st century technology and available not only for the many programs offered by the library, but also for use by nonprofit organizations within the community.

"Parkview's mission is the improvement of the health and well being of the residents in the locations we serve.," Garrett says. "A modern library is important to a community's education and growth, and we appreciate the opportunity to offer support to make this new facility and its programs available in Roanoke."

"This will be a major impact on the community for years to come," says John Stoeckley, president of the library building corporation. "This donation has helped us reach 90 percent of our goal of raising $250,000."

The program room, he said, will allow expansion of the library's monthly family movie night and summer reading programs. It will include an enlarged reading area, coffee bar and a fireplace.

The library will more than double its space when it moves into the former Coil Factory building in Roanoke, made available by an in-kind gift of $1.2 million by the Pete and Alice Eshelman family.

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Darlene Garrett (right), chief operating officer of Parkview Huntington Hospital, presents a $25,000 donation to Perry Collins (center), a member of the Roanoke Public Library Building Corporation to fund the Parkview Huntington Program Room at the new library. Alice Eshelman (left) provided space in the former Coil Factory for the library's new quarters.