The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


January 27, 2013

Public library banks large Dekko grant

— Smiles of joy, and possibly relief, filled the Athens-Limestone Public Library this week when a group gathered to accept an oversized check to build the new library in an existing building on Jefferson Street.

The check was oversized in both dimension and amount, a whopping $750,000 from the Dekko Foundation.

The Athens-Limestone Library Board of Directors and fundraising consultant Debbie Joyner of Huntsville spearheaded a yearlong campaign to raise $1.5 million in 2012 in order to secure a grant from the Dekko Foundation. Businesses, individuals, families, students and many others contributed to make it happen.

The Dekko Foundation is a private foundation started in 1981 by the late Chester E. “Chet” Dekko. An entrepreneur, business and community leader, and dedicated family man, Dekko believed in education as the key to an independent, successful life. His foundation’s mission is “to foster economic freedom through education.”

Supporters of the local library project are thankful for the opportunity Dekko provided.

“Mr. Dekko’s generosity has benefited many organizations throughout Limestone County, and the Athens Limestone Public Library Foundation is proud to be a grant recipient,” Joyner said Friday. “The $1 million challenge grant issued by the Dekko Foundation on behalf of the project to build a new library for the community, provided the Foundation with the boost they needed to engage the community.”

The Foundation earned the first grant payment of $250,000 in January 2012, Joyner said.  This  $750,000 check represents the final payment of the $1 million challenge, she said.

“We can’t thank the Dekko Foundation enough for their belief in our project and their financial support,” said Dr. Frank Cauthen, chair of the Library Foundation Board. “With their help, our dream will become a reality and will benefit every member of this community.” 

Foundation board members are still working on a final push to raise the last $500,000 needed to finance the construction of the new facility, Joyner said. Naming opportunities are available, and donations of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a wall for major donors.

Text Only
Top Local News
Today's Local Feature

State and Nation
Local Sports

Calendar of Events
  • Limestone Ledger 4/23/14

    Safe driving course

    The AARP safe driving course will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Council on Aging office, 912 W. Pryor St. Cost is $15 for AARP members. All others, $20. Participants are asked to bring lunch or snacks. RSVP to Emily Sandlin at 256-216-3906.

    April 23, 2014

  • Church Bulletin 4/23/14
Weather Radar

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Business Marquee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.