Leap Day only falls on a Saturday once every 28 years, so we leaped at the chance to hold our first annual Social on Saturday, February 29th at Camp Southern Ground in Fayetteville. The evening’s festivities were presided over by the Honorary Chairpersons for the night, Fayette County residents Larry and Twila Dove, owners of Two Doves Farm. Our founder Stan Tucker, aka “Stan the Man” and the Leap for Literacy board envisioned an informational fun-filled fundraising event that would draw members of the community together and celebrate the youth who participate in the Leap for Literacy “Share Your Story” program.
Guests at the social event were welcomed to Camp Southern Ground by Mike Dobbs, the President and CEO of Camp. Most guests in attendance had never been to Camp Southern Ground before and were enlightened by the many programs and opportunities available to children, veterans and corporate teams. An outstanding dinner was presented by the Camp Southern Ground kitchen staff, led by Chef Collins Woods. Antonio Saunders of Teach for America served as the motivational keynote speaker for the night. He challenged the attendees to do better and to be better.
Guests of the event reached out to their friends and family via text messages and encouraged them to also participate in the night’s fundraising. A goal of $10,000 was set, reached and surpassed during the night. Stan Tucker gratefully thanked the participants and then outlined the organizations' needs and wants for future funds raised. Funds raised by LFL are used to purchase books for students at Title 1 elementary schools, supplies for the Kindness Counts program, supplies and publishing expenses for the “Share Your Story” initiative, maintenance costs for the Read ‘n Roll bookmobile - which is in need of replacement and overall operating expenses of the organization.
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Photos from the event!