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Piper Kerman Author Visit a Success!

posted Feb 15, 2016, 8:09 AM by Webmaster FriendsofDCDL

With smiles of satisfaction, sighs of relief and a few happy dances, we proclaim our first major author visit an all-around success!

This was by far the most extensive, most expensive Friends undertaking to date. It began last summer with a detailed project plan and culminated in a well-received presentation by Piper Kerman.

Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, presented at Gray Chapel at Ohio Wesleyan University on January 20, 2016. Following her presentation, she signed books for the long line of excited and patient fans.

Ms. Kerman wrote the memoir that is the basis for the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”. She is active in criminal justice reform and teaches writing classes at Marysville Reformatory for Women and Marion Correctional Institution as part of a federal grant.

We received generous donations from several local sponsors.  Our Special Edition Sponsors were Fundamentals Bookstore (organized the sale of books for the author to sign and donated all profits to the Friends) and Richwood Bank (using their experience with small business marketing to design professional materials and to help us publicize the event).  Our Masterwork Sponsor ohioNET printed flyers for distribution throughout Delaware and on Ohio Wesleyan’s campus. First Edition Sponsor Ohio Wesleyan donated the use of the lovely Gray Chapel and assisted in coordinating the logistics for this large event. First Edition Sponsors Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan Association and Performance Auto Group/Honda Marysville donated funds to help cover the event costs, as did Best Seller Sponsors The Goddard School of Lewis Center and Delaware County Bank.

Many local businesses supported the Friends by purchasing ads for the event program. We were pleased to have great support from local restaurants, stores and service providers.  Through ticket sales, sponsorships, book and ad sales, we raised $16,000. While we were committed to offering this as a service to the community whether or not we covered our costs, we are proud to say we broke even after speaking fees and other expenses.

We recognize the considerable efforts of “The Piper Committee.”  These Friends volunteered countless hours over many months to plan and coordinate this author visit, and have gained much experience for future Friends events.  Thank you Amy Chapman, Brad Cowan, Karen Cowan, Don Jester, Penny Mong, Linda Silverstein and Cheryl Stagg.

Thank you to all of the Friends who contributed by hanging flyers, selling ads, working the event, and spreading the word through social media and other channels.

The question we heard within minutes of this program ending is “when is the next author visit?”  We take that enthusiastic response as a great compliment. We need the collective efforts of the Friends and the community donating time, energy, knowledge, connections and financing to hold another successful event.  We have spent the post-event weeks analyzing our processes and “lessons learned.” When it is time to move forward, we will let you know!