United Way promotes literacy and education with free event | Community Spirit
United Way will host Literacy Live, a free community event to promote education and literacy, on September 17 at EdVenture Children’s Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to join United Way of the Midlands for the celebration as they get set to officially kick off the 2013-2014 fundraising campaign and to recognize some of the donors that make their work possible.
In honor of the celebration, EdVenture Children’s Museum will stay open late and everyone in the community is invited to bring their families to enjoy EdVenture and be a part of the celebration at no cost. Children’s band “Like Totally!” will provide entertainment throughout the evening and several children’s book authors are scheduled for story time. Scheduled to appear are Mary Lee, author of My Airforce Mom and When Grandma’s False Teeth Fly, Denise Owen, author of Turtle Gliding, and Dinah Johnson, author of several books including Hair Dance.
In addition, United Way will recognize Pacesetter and Advanced campaigns that run early and achieve increases in giving or participation, making United Way’s investments in education and other areas possible. A 30-minute award ceremony will take place outside on the veranda at 6:00 p.m.
“United Way has a renewed focus on education, specifically second and third grade reading levels. That is a crucial point in a child’s development, and we wanted to host a community kickoff event that reflected that,” said Mac Bennett, President and CEO, United Way of the Midlands. “It’s encouraging to see that the companies and individuals in our community are committed to this area as well. Their involvement is what makes our work possible.”
“Our goal is to thank our volunteers and these companies for their efforts while inspiring the Midlands community at the same time,” said Holt Chetwood, Co-Chair for the United Way of the Midlands 2013 Campaign. “We want to send the message that by working together we can make an impact.”
Several hundred guests, including company presidents and CEOs, company campaign directors, leadership givers and other invested community members, are expected to attend the kickoff celebration and everyone in the community is welcome at this free event. Registration is available online at www.uway.org/events.
If you would personally like to contribute, go to www.uway.org and click on Donate Now. If your company would like to run a campaign, contact Michael Gray, United Way of the Midlands Vice President of Resource Development, at email@example.com or (803) 733-5422.