Besides the generosity of the sponsors, what made the evening so special? Well, guests were able to enjoy a spectacular evening with delicious food and delightful entertainment. The keynote speech was given by New York Times Best Selling Author, a Norcross High School graduate, Nic Stone. Mayor Nancy Harris lead an exciting live auction with fabulous prizes including beach and mountain homes, and a Luxury Atlanta Package that consisted of a chauffeured Rolls Royce Ghost rental from Milani Rentals, a helicopter tour of Buckhead and Dinner for 8 at the prestigious Frankie’s Steakhouse! Let’s not forget the silent auction prizes of concert tickets, hotel stays, spa packages, and more. Perhaps the most important part of the evening was the Fund-A-Need where guests donated just over $14,000 out of the goodness of their hearts to support early education programs that are conducted by Gwinnett’s Early Education Librarians. This is critical, as currently, in metro Atlanta, only 20% of children are ready for kindergarten, and these funds will allow GCPL play a bigger role in helping to prepare these kids and their families for a successful educational experience when they do enter the school system.