Washington County Law Firm, Peacock Keller, sponsors Library Benefit - Peacock Keller Sponsors 4th Annual “Off the Shelf… A Celebration of Books” Fundraiser Benefiting Libraries in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Peacock Keller, a full-service law firm in Washington, Pa., sponsored its 4th Annual “Off the Shelf... A Celebration of Books” event in September 2011. Through the Off the Shelf benefit, Peacock Keller helped to raise more than $30,000 for 20 libraries in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, Canonsburg, Pa., the unique evening of entertainment featured music by The Dan Baker Group and a keynote address and stunning visual presentation titled, “Far Beyond the Blue Sky,” by former astronaut and award-winning photographer and author Dr. Jay Apt. Guests also enjoyed a question-and-answer session with Dr. Apt.

Adding to the space exploration theme, leading up to the event attendees chose a book about space around which they decorated their tables that evening, vying for special awards based upon creativity of their displays as determined by a panel of judges. One table also received “the People's Choice Award,” determined by participant voting. A silent auction and numerous raffle items rounded out the night’s entertainment. More than 320 people attended the 40-table event, helping to boost the total amount raised for area libraries during the past four years to more than $100,000.

“Peacock Keller is committed to helping our local libraries remain centers of education, learning and the arts in our communities,” said Peacock Keller Managing Partner Jonathan G. Higie. “Proceeds from Off the Shelf will help to fund the creation of a Regional ‘One-Card’ Network, with the vision of ensuring that every resident may go to any library in our three-county region using only one library card. This system will increase convenience and accessibility for library customers as well as add cost savings and efficiencies for the libraries.”

To support literacy in Washington, Greene and Fayette Counties or to learn more about the Off the Shelf event, contact a local library, call 724-222-4520 or email carol.andrews@peacockkeller.com