Dinner to benefit library director

WELLSBURG – As the director of the Brooke County Public Library recovers from a battle with cancer, her staff and members of the library’s board of trustees are stepping up to lend her a hand.

The group will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Mary Kay Wallace from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge at 844 Main St.

The cost is $6 in advance and $7 at the door for the meal, which will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and coffee or iced tea. Children 12 and under will eat free.

Tickets are available at the Brooke County Library or its Follansbee branch and the Town Square office of the Brooke County Review, of which Wallace’s husband, George, is publisher.

Joyce McAlpine, executive assistant at the library, said she and others behind the event are continuing to collect donations for a Chinese auction to be held during the event.

Brooke Hills Park, which has donated a 2014 golf pass and several other prizes, is among many organizations or businesses that have contributed to the auction so far.

A member of the Wellsburg Women of the Moose, McAlpine said members of the group will be assisting with desserts and lending their expertise, having prepared meals for numerous fundraisers.

She said anyone interested in volunteering or donating an item for the Chinese auction may call her at (304) 737-0157 or Janet Knox at (304) 737-0946.

McAlpine said knowing how Wallace has been undergoing treatment since June, staff and board members wanted to help her.

“The insurance isn’t covering everything. It never does with cancer,” she said.

It’s the second battle against cancer for Wallace, who has served as the library’s director for 13 years.

McAlpine noted in that time, Wallace has been involved with the library board and others in the library’s expansion, the addition of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum there, the installation of Internet-accessible computers and most recently, the availability of e-books through the library.

“She’e really built the library up,” McAlpine said.

McAlpine said she and fellow staff members have missed Wallace since she took time off to receive treatment. But now in remission and regaining her strength, she has returned to the library for a few hours at a time, she said.

McAlpine said Wallace plans to stop by the dinner later in the day.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com)