For six weeks in September and October, one or all of Binc’s three person staff was on the road visiting the regional conferences sponsored by the Independent Bookseller Associations. Pam, Alison and Kit made the most of this chance to meet and greet booksellers across the country. Spreading Binc’s message of the assistance programs available directly to the booksellers was an invaluable opportunity and the warm reception we received was heartening.
The bookstore employees we met were pleased to hear of the financial assistance and scholarships that are available to them through the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. A few knew of the existence of the Foundation, but to most it was a new and welcome announcement. If you didn’t get a chance to meet us on the road, please contact us anytime to discover how the Binc Foundation can be of assistance.
As a special surprise, at the Heartland Fall Forum (the combined GLIBA and MIBA conference) Binc was the designated recipient of the proceeds from their annual silent auction. As a result of some very active bidding $3969 was raised to assist with the emergency needs of bookstore employees across the country. Thank you to all the donors and bidders!
Binc would like to thank the executive directors, Wanda Jewell from SIBA, Laura Ayrey from MPIBA, Eileen Dengler from NAIBA, Steve Fischer from NEIBA, Carrie Orby from MIBA, Deb Leonard from GLIBA, Hut Landon from NCIBA and Thom Chambliss from PNBA for their hospitality and support.