BAGS FOR BOOKS

Bags for Books is an annual silent and live auction and luncheon that United Way of Northwest Arkansas and the 5 Altrusa International clubs in the NWA area co-host. This is the third year for the event and is shaping up to be the best yet! We are hosting it at the Embassy Suites in Rogers on March 10, 2015 from 11:00 am-1 pm.

Bags for Books is a great fundraiser because it is currently the only fundraiser that United Way hosts to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Imagination Library is a free program that gives children ages 0-5 a book each month! This program is important because it promotes early childhood literacy which has been proven to be an important factor in the success of children entering Kindergarten.  Currently there are 1800 children enrolled in the program in our area and while we hope to raise the $45,000 it takes to support all these children in the program, we are dangerously close to having to waitlist children. Within this year alone we will give out over 21,000 books!

Altrusa members and United Way staff have been hard at work over the past few months to make this event a success. From collecting donations to selling tickets to getting speakers to deciding what the tables will look like: there is so much more to hosting this event than I ever imagined. The Altrusa women deserve a very large thank you for all that they have done on their own time to support this great program.

For the auction we have purses from designers such as Michael Kors, Coach and Dooney and Bourke and many others including some locally made handbags. Other auction items include Walt Disney World Tickets, autographed Pioneer Woman Cookbooks, jewelry, Naturals Tickets, scarves and countless other items. Along with the silent and live auction items, we will have $25 dollar gently used handbags for sale and let me tell you, there are some gorgeous bags in there! They are $25 because that is the cost to support a child in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program for one full year. The luncheon will include emcee Dan Skoff, auctioneer Jerry VanHoose, speaker Justin Minkel and speaker Vanessa Rouse.The luncheon will include emcee Dan Skoff, auctioneer Jerry VanHoose, and speaker Vanessa Rouse, as well as designer purses to be auctioned off.The luncheon will include emcee Dan Skoff, auctioneer Jerry VanHoose, and speaker Vanessa Rouse, as well as designer purses to be auctioned off.

This is not an event you will want to miss! There’s still some time to buy your tickets! Tickets are $35 each. You can purchase online at www.unitedwaynwa.org/dpil. We hope to see you there!

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