THE READING CONNECTION
Benefactor of the Dream Dolls Silent Auction
Supporting our community starts with the children. Improving the chances of
success for children in crisis starts with reading. A love of reading can make all
the difference between academic success or failure.
Research has shown that reading aloud to children "is the single most important
activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading." (from Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985)
For over 20 years, The Reading Connection (TRC) has been reading with kids
who have no one else to read to them and giving books to kids who had none.
The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children
and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and
motivation for reading. This mission is accomplished by:
- Volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers,
- Donations that provide children with free, new books to keep,
- Workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development and
- Training for family support workers who promote the importance
Benefactor of the Live Auction
The Spirit of Special Olympics: Skill, Courage, Sharing and Joy
Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of
inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed,
regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better,
healthier and more joyful place – one athlete, one volunteer, one family
member at a time.
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of
Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities,
giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate
courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and
friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the
To help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society
under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to
become useful and productive citizens.