Community shows strong support at TL&LC’s Celebration of Education

It was a packed house at The Literacy & Learning Center’s sold-out Celebration of Education held at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club on Oct. 17.

Celebration of Education was held at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club in support of The Literacy & Learning Center.

Celebration of Education is TL&LC’s annual fundraising gala. At this year’s event, attendees bid on silent auction items, tried their luck at wine roulette, enjoyed dinner by Wildcat Cliffs CC, participated in the live auction and paddle raise, and listened as distinguished author Patti Callahan Henry spoke on the importance of fairy tales.

Attendees of CoE were able to chat with New York Times Bestselling Author Patti Callahan Henry and purchase her latest book, Once Upon a Wardrobe before its official release date.

“We are so incredibly thankful for everyone who came to Celebration of Education and supported us through volunteering or donations,” said TL&LC Marketing Director Jenni Edwards. “It’s through the generosity and enthusiasm of our incredible community that make The Literacy & Learning Center successful, and we wouldn’t be here without them.”

Patti Callahan Henry’s latest book Once Upon a Wardrobe and Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

Without releasing exact figures, TL&LC Executive Director Bonnie Potts said they exceeded their fundraising goals through the incredible generosity of a supportive community.

The Literacy & Learning Center’s staff and Board at the Celebration of Education.

“The proceeds from this event will support the free-educational programs for the year,” said Potts. “It’s also an important way for people to learn more about TLLC and how they can become involved as we are always looking for more volunteers.”

TL&LC students read with Ben the Reading Dog.

Henry is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year and Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year award. She has authored several bestselling books, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah. Her latest book, Once Upon a Wardrobe, was released in October and can be purchased HERE.

Celebration of Education attendees were all smiles enjoying a live auction, wine roulette, and a chance to hear from author Patti Callahan Henry at Wildcat Cliffs Country Club.

Third-grader, Justin Ott, and fifth-grader, Miley Zagal were the guests of honor during the celebration and received the well-deserved award, Most Excellent Reading. Attendees were welcomed by these students as they read to Ben the Reading Dog at the entrance.

From left are Most Excellent Reading award winners Miley Zagal and Justin Ott.

The event was made possible by sponsors Terry Potts from Country Club Properties; Doug Treadwell from Mountain Life Properties of Landmark; and John Lupoli from Lupoli Construction; and by many individual donors, merchants, and restauranteurs and who gave so generously to make the evening a success.

Wine roulette at the Celebration of Education.

To learn more about TL&LC click HERE.

From left are John Lupoli and Kirk Dornbush at this year’s Celebration of Education.

The Literacy & Learning Center Executive Director Bonnie Potts chats with a guest at Celebration of Education.

CoE guest Ryan Bears proudly shows off his signed Arnold Palmer poster won in a silent auction.

From left are Kay Neslage, Jane Jerry, and Sue Lowe at Celebration of Education.

Always a classy soirée, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club made a splendid venue for TL&LC’s Celebration of Education.

Patti Callahan Henry with her two latest books Once Upon a Wardrobe and Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

Attendees participated in a live auction to raise money for The Literacy & Learning Center making it possible to offer free educational programs to the community.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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