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 7/24/14

    Art Stroll
    The Athens Arts League Summer Art Stroll is 4-8 p.m. Friday on the downtown Limestone County Courthouse lawn. The free, family-friendly event will include music and 25 artists including painters, ceramicists, jewelry makers, mixed media and textile artists.

    July 24, 2014

  • Church Bulletin 7/24/14
Weather Radar

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
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.