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Posted on: January 26, 2024

Two donations to make lasting impact at Boerne’s library, animal shelter

Exteriors of animal shelter and library

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday night Jan. 23, the Boerne City Council approved a budget amendment and accepted two anonymous donations totaling $98,043.

The first donation was $50,000 made to the Boerne Animal Shelter. The second donation was just over $48,000 made to the Boerne Parks and Recreation Department to build a new child’s playscape at the Patrick Heath Public Library.

“This is a heartwarming display of generosity by two anonymous donors,” Mayor Frank Ritchie said. “The staff at both our animal shelter and library work tirelessly to serve their community and both will be able to undertake long-lasting and transformative changes thanks to these significant donations.”

For the animal shelter, a haven for countless furry companions, this donation is believed to be the largest in its history.

“This donation will be channeled towards crucial improvements, ensuring the shelter can continue providing a safe and nurturing environment for animals in need,” Animal Care Services Supervisor Stefanie Fisher said. “From improving our facilities to expanding programs, this donation promises to make a lasting impact on the wellbeing of the shelter's residents.”

Simultaneously, the library is poised for a delightful addition in the form of a new playground, all made possible by the second generous donation. This generous donation is in honor of Michael Gabaourie, who loved taking his children to local playgrounds and understood the importance of being outside playing and enjoying nature.

“The playscape will serve as an extension of the indoor space for play, imagination, and learning in a beautiful, natural setting, a goal the library has had since the opening of the Patrick Heath Public Library in 2011,” Library Director Kelly Skovbjerg said. “The library is a hub for knowledge and community engagement and the many families using the library and campus every day will reap the benefits of this thoughtful contribution.”

The project is expected to be completed by Spring 2024.

The decision by the donors to remain anonymous adds an extra layer of humility to their philanthropy, emphasizing their selfless commitment to making a positive difference without seeking recognition.

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