On February 23rd over 150 people gathered at Hotel Terra to support Teton Literacy Center programs and students. The annual Sponsor a Reader Pop Quiz Challenge Dinner proved to be an exciting night when a $25,000 challenge grant was announced just a day before the event. The challenge grant asked TLC staff, board, and event guests to raise $50,000 by the end of the event. It was an ambitious goal, but the community stepped up. Generous community members contributed over $66,000 in donations in just 48 hours! Combined with the $25,000 challenge grant and $20,750 in ticket sales and sponsorships, the event raised $111,750 to support programs! In addition to record breaking funds raised, the evening also proved to be a tight race between the three competing teams. First Interstate Bank took home the win, with Jackson Hole News and Guide and Fine Dining close on their tail.
The evening was a perfect representation of the community support that TLC has felt over the past year since state funding was cut in February 2016.
Our community has rallied around TLC to complete a $1 million Sustainability Campaign that allows TLC’s critical services and programs to continue for the next 5 years. This allows our Board and Staff time to map out long term funding solutions and ensure that our services remain intact.
“The generosity of this community has blown us all away. Our supporters have ensured that TLC not only survived this past year, but instead that we continue thriving with high quality programs and services,” commented Soltau. “We are sincerely grateful to everyone who made this campaign and the Sponsor a Reader event such a huge success.” Sponsors included First Interstate Bank, Fine Dining, and Jackson Hole News and Guide. Over 131 community members, foundations, and businesses have stepped up to Sponsor a Reader over the past year.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!