Sarris Candies donating $50,000 to library

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Frank Sarris Public Library in Canonsburg is set to receive a $50,000 donation from Sarris Candies next week.


Funds were raised at Sarris Candies’ 23rd annual golf outing May 10, which was renamed the Frank Sarris Memorial Golf Classic this year. The tournament had 160 golfers, and more than 200 donors attended a dinner the evening prior at the home of Athena Sarris.


“It’s a party, and then everybody’s tired for golf the next day,” joked Bill Sarris, company president and son of Athena Sarris.


Sarris said this year’s golf classic raised more money than any classic held in the last 22 years. The first classic raised approximately $8,000, and then “it just kept growing,” Sarris said.


In past years, funds were raised for the All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg, but Sarris said libraries need funding the most to continue their programs. Frank Sarris Library holds a story time for children and other educational programs.


“They do a great job there,” Sarris said. “I’m surprised how many activities go on at the library, even with all the things you can do on your own. Even with the Internet and the computers around, people still go to the libraries for books.”


Peggy Tseng, library director, said the library has not yet decided what to do with the money, but she is grateful for the support.


“We really appreciate the generosity and the financial support of the Sarrises,” she said.


The library is named after the late Frank Sarris, founder of Sarris Candies and library benefactor.


The donation will officially be made at the library at 11 a.m. Friday.


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