MANCHESTER - At the formal groundbreaking for the new Manchester Community Library, Susie Hunter of the James and Irene Hunter Family Foundation announced the "Hunter Family Community Challenge" where gifts of $5,000 or more to the Manchester Community Library Capital Campaign will be matched in full by the James and Irene Hunter Charitable Fund. Fully funded, the challenge will raise the Hunter Charitable Fund's gift to $1.5 million for which the library's community room and multi-purpose event space will bear the Hunter family name.

The announcement was made in a press statement released Friday afternoon, June 21.

"We have chosen to support this project because of the terrific planning that has gone into it," said Susie Hunter of the Hunter Charitable Fund. "The new Manchester Community Library has precisely the broad community benefit that our parents always supported. We hope that our fund's challenge will bring the remaining donors to the table in a meaningful way."

Christine Miles, chair of the Manchester Community Library Capital Campaign called the gift a major boost to the fundraising effort. "What this means," Miles said, "is that if you make a gift of $5,000 or more to the capital campaign the Hunter Family Community Challenge will double it. We hope that this will be the incentive for all those who have given and will give to make their gifts go that much farther. All of us are gratified to Susie Hunter and the Hunter Family Charitable Fund.


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Gifts can made through the Hunter Challenge by contacting Christine Miles, Capital Campaign Chair at cmiles@manchestervtlibrary.org or by sending a gift to PO Box 438, Manchester, VT, Attention: Capital Campaign. Those sent should indicate that it is a challenge gift, according to the press statement.

The new Manchester Community Library is under construction on the corner of Route 7A and Cemetery Avenue. Hunter said: "Our new library has the potential to benefit every citizen of Manchester and the greater Northshire. It will be within walking distance of MEMS and Northshire Day School, with space designed for collaboration with other organizations, for community groups to gather, for business conferences and lectures, in addition to being a place for finding books and doing research."

The chairman of the Library Board of Trustees Mike Ryan called the new library a "transformational project for Manchester" saying that "unlike other major recent improvements in Manchester that relied on taxpayer dollars, the new Manchester Community Library is being funded through private dollars from individuals, families, and foundations."