Nueces County Commissioners have announced the identity of a major contributor to the "Buy a Book, Launch a Dream" campaign.
The Ed Rachal Foundation will make a $40,000 donation to the Keach Family Library in Robstown in order to purchase children's books, multimedia, software and other materials. The Buy a Book campaign was started last year to help raise funds to purchase new books and other equipment for the new library.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria said she first heard about a possible donation coming from the Ed Rachal Foundation about three weeks ago. She had no idea that the amount was going to be the largest donation thus far for the Buy a Book campaign, which has raised about $100,000 thus far.
"It's something that is really great," Longoria said. "It's all about education for the kids."
That the donations have come from private citizens and other organizations shows the commitment made to the success of the new library, said Precinct 3 Commissioner Oscar Ortiz.
"It's caring individuals involved in these great organizations that make such an enormous impact on the quality of life for our citizens," Ortiz said.
The 16,000-square-foot library was scheduled to open near the end of 2006, but has been delayed for various issues, ranging from material shortages to weather stoppage. County officials said it is likely the roughly $5 million facility will open sometime in April.