This fund was created in 2014 by the Aurora Public Library Foundation to support the future technology needs of the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora. The library opened in June 2015.
In December 2013, the Aurora Public Library Foundation announced that Aurora’s new Main Library at 101 S. River Street would be named in honor of Richard and Gina Santori. Dr. Gina Santori pledged a $3 million gift over a ten-year period for the new library as a memorial to her husband Richard.
According to Aurora Public Library Executive Director Daisy Porter-Reynolds, the fund is a wonderful resource that will support the latest technology far into the future. “We are very grateful to Dr. Santori and hope that others, too, will invest in this fund,” she said.
“We are looking forward to working with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley on the management of this fund that will benefit people of all ages and backgrounds,” added Aurora Public Library Foundation President Todd Drafall.
The current Main Library began serving patrons in 1904. A $50,000 grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped to establish the current site.
Through the Building Community…Transforming Lives Campaign, $4 million has been donated for the library and other purposes, and twenty-five locations in the Santori Library have been named to honor these donations.
“We are pleased to partner with the Aurora Public Library Foundation in the administration of this charitable fund that will serve the technology needs of Aurora’s residents for years to come,” said Community Foundation President & CEO Sharon Stredde.