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Promoting education and literacy for all is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.

Legends for Literacy Gala

A dinner to meet former professional sports figures to raise funds for literacy initiatives.

Winning the game for Children's Literacy! The Rotary Club of Providence and the club's charitable foundation partnered with former sports legends and people from the media to put on a gala. The gala honored a Literacy Champion-Malcolm Mitchell, a former U. of Georgia and New England Patriots football player. Malcolm, who is 26, shared his own struggles as he was unable to read throughout high school. He joined a book club at a local book store while in college in order to learn to read. His professional career ended after only one year at which time he wrote a children's book and started a foundation to support literacy. Other legends attending the gala were former Bruins, Celtics, and New England Patriots. The club solicited over $50,000 in sponsorships; $19,000 in-kind donations and the live, silent and countdown raised an additional $28,000 for literacy. In the 114th year history of the club this was the club's largest amount raised by the club in one evening.

Project location
United States
Project dates
Start: 09 January 2019
End:  02 October 2019
Created: 08 October 2019

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Project category
Fundraiser, Basic education and literacy
Funding
community sponsorships
Project contacts
Mrs. Kristine M. David, Providence| (contact)
Partners
Providence, RI, USA (Rotary Club)
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PROJECT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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    Mrs. Kristine M. David
    Legends for Literacy Gala
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    Mrs. Kristine M. David
    RC of Providence USA Literacy Initiative
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    Mrs. Kristine M. David
    Malcolm Mitchell Literacy Champion
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    Mrs. Kristine M. David
    Malcolm Mitchell recipient of the Literacy Award 2019
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    Mrs. Kristine M. David
    Signed Tom Brady Shirt donated by the New England Patriots

Engagement Tracker

Total volunteer hours
700
Hours
Number of volunteers
60
People
Total cash contributions
92,000
USD
Total in-kind contributions
19,000
USD

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