After having to cancel last year’s “Wings of Spring” fundraiser that was scheduled for Monday, March 30, the Literacy Achieves team has charged into 2021 creating two options for this year’s fundraiser.
2021 Wings of Spring Co-Chairs Megan and Kevin Nicholson reported that “this year’s event will include two participation options for sponsors and individuals” on Thursday, April 8.
The first option is the in-person event at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Annette Strauss Square. The second is to “celebrate from home and receive an elegant event-in-a-box delivered safely to their doorstep.”
Joining Megan and Kevin will be Honorary Co-Chairs Joyce and Les Coleman, who have been longtime supports of Literacy Achieves. For Joyce, literacy is a family tradition, from her mother’s authoring a literacy series that is still used in classrooms today to the Colemans’ young grandchildren who regularly conduct supply drives for the children of Literacy Achieves.
Receiving this year’s Marnie Wildenthal Literacy Legacy Award will be Equity Inquiry Project Inc. Founder/CEO Dr. Arlene Ford, “in recognition of the transformational chance she has brought to Dallas.”
Thanks to Arlene’s work with the Literacy Achieves staff, “we have greatly increased our capacity for creating more equitable and inclusive space for our adult learners, volunteers, staff, board members and donors.”
With sponsorships starting at $1,250, funds raised from the event will support Literacy Achieves’ mission “to equip non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and the overall well-being of our students, their families and the greater community.” Since 1997 Literacy Achieves has “continued to make a positive difference in the lives of many Dallas families.”
According to the Nicholsons, “Our work is more important than ever, as the global pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color, including immigrant and refugee families.”