Wareham Library Challenge Grant Sparks Successful Fundraising Campaign

WAREHAM – The A.D. Makepeace Company Thursday presented the Wareham Library Foundation with a $10,000 check, its share of a challenge grant that ultimately raised more than $21,000 for library operations.

“This contribution continues the legacy of the A.D. Makepeace Company and the Makepeace family in supporting our local communities,” said Robert S. Karam, chair of the A.D. Makepeace Company Board of Directors. “This library provides so many important services to residents.”

“We’re delighted to have been able to support the Wareham Free Library in this way,” said Jim Kane, president and chief executive officer of the A.D. Makepeace Company. “We were able to match all of the smaller donations received this past summer.”

This is the second year the A.D. Makepeace Company’s has issued a challenge grant in support of the library’s “Bridge the Gap” campaign. The town funds library operations at 80 percent through tax dollars, and the balance must be raised by the Wareham Library Foundation and Friends of the Wareham Free Library.

“On behalf of the Foundation, I would like to thank the A.D. Makepeace Company and the Wareham Community, who once again stepped up in big and small ways to show support for our second Bridge the Gap campaign,” said Eileen Scully, president of the Wareham Library Foundation. “Without the amazing support from our community at large, the Foundation would not be able to supply the funding support our library needs to continue to operate at full capacity.”

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Mr. Kane was joined at a ceremonial check presentation by Mr. Karam and Christopher Makepeace, a member of the A.D. Makepeace Company Board of Directors and a descendant of company founder Abel D. Makepeace. The company and the family have supported the Wareham Free Library for many years.

Information about the library and the groups supporting it is available here. There is also a link on this site to make a donation.

The 168-year-old A.D. Makepeace Company is North America’s largest cranberry grower, the largest private property owner in eastern Massachusetts, and a recognized leader in environmentally responsible real estate development and stewardship.