$200,000 Given For Cummings Library
September 14, 2008
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
GOOD FOR YOU – Excerpt
Peter Cummings, Chairman and chief executive officer of the real estate firm Ram, together with his wife, Julie Cummings, donated $150,000 to support the expansion of the library branch that bears their name: the Peter and Julie Cummings Library in Palm City. In addition, Regency Centers donated $50,000 to the library’s expansion.
The Cummings donated the land to the Library Foundation of Martin County in 1980, which built the library in 1995. The donations will be used to fund the planned expansion of the library, which will include a second-story addition, a reading area for adults and a gathering area for teens. Construction of the children’s and youth wing began in April 2008 and will be completed in April 2009.
“We-re big advocates of education, and we wanted to support a cause that would have a positive impact and enhance the life-long learning of our community members,” said Cummings. “This library not only serves as a resource center, but it is also a place where members of the community can gather and discuss civic and cultural activities that are important to them.”
“Being good stewards of the communities where we invest in is at the core of who we are,” said Mike Kinsella, chief executive officer of Regency Centers. “We’re proud to support a resource facility that meets the needs of citizens of all ages.”
The library Foundation of Martin County provides funding from individuals and other private parties to provide free programs for children and adults and construction grants for the expansion and the building of libraries. For further details, please contact the Foundation office at (772) 221-1409 or visit the web site at www.library-foundationmc.org.