Mark your calendars! TLC board, staff, children, and families are excited to announce the 2016 Jackson’s Got Talent event on November 12th at the Pink Garter Theater benefiting TLC Tutoring, Enrichment and Family Literacy programs. Through this community collaboration, TLC will continue to provide free services to preschool through high school age students and their families.
Jackson’s Got Talent (JGT) is an annual social fundraising event/talent show to be held on November 12th, 2016 at Pink Garter Theatre to support Teton Literacy Center. This event will be celebrating its third year and all involved are excited to raise funds and awareness to support literacy efforts in our community. JGT Talent calls on all local talent, young and old, individual or groups, including musicians, singers, dancers and performers of any type to showcase their talents in a fun, lively social event! TLC will be kicking off the JGT Call for Talent and fundraising campaign on Wednesday, July 13th at the JH Live concert.
Jackson's Got Talent started when local volunteer Cristine Watson approached Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Teton Area with interest in starting a community-driven event to help rebuild homes in the aftermath of the November 2013 Philippines Super Typhoon, Typhoon Haiyan. Over 150 community members, volunteers, advocates, supporters and lead sponsors come together annually for this event. After several months of hard work gathering local talent and supporters, last year’s event raised over $91,000 in a festive, heartfelt, entertaining and impactful evening.
This year, funds will support Teton Literacy Center in their mission to build a 100% literate community. TLC is facing budget cuts from this state legislative session, losing $210,000 on an annual basis. All funds raised from Jackson’s Got Talent’s will be used to fund Teton Literacy Center’s programs. For over 20 years TLC has focused on building a center that provides comprehensive services for preschool through high school aged children and their families. TLC is unique in providing the only free afterschool, summer, tutoring, and family resources in our county.
The need for TLC services continues to grow in our community and the center is determined to continue providing high quality educational opportunities for children and their families. “We served 555 students during the 2014-15 fiscal year,” added Soltau. “The demand for free services continues to increase with 25,040 service hours delivered to children in 2014-15 compared to 4,755 in 2010-11.” Through collaborative efforts with partnering organizations and loyal community support, the center will continue current programs and enhance programs to support the changing community need.
For more on the Music and Literacy Connection, please see attached resource.