The party Friday, November 14 in Hanover, NH is a great example of the good that can happen when two organizations work together.
The Hanover Rotary Club hosts an annual auction fundraiser and splits the proceeds with a nonprofit serving the Upper Valley. This year, the club invited CLiF to be its nonprofit partner. CLiF’s share went to Year of the Book programming in Bradford, VT, a town on the northern edge of the Upper Valley with demonstrated need for extra literacy support.
More than 200 CLiF supporters and Rotarians braved the snow Friday and turned out to make merry and bid on auction items including Celtics tickets, collections of signed children’s books, ski passes, and a summer week in an Ogunquit, ME beach house. Rotary event chair Heidi Postupack estimated that through ticket sales and record breaking numbers of auction items and sponsorships, the event raised more than $80,000.
Carol Owens, a Bradford Elementary School literacy leader, came to the event with two BES students and the three of them thanked the crowd for supporting a year’s worth of literacy activities, books, and resources in their town. The video below, screened that night, shows the gratitude and celebration throughout the BES community during the CLiF Year of the Book kickoff.
Hanover is a town close to CLiF’s heart, and the Rotary has generously supported CLiF over the years. Duncan says, “CLiF was founded in Hanover in 1998, and we have many loyal Upper Valley donors, including the members of the Hanover Rotary Club. It was a festive event at the Hanover Inn and we’re grateful to those who supported CLiF and the Hanover Rotary Club through this fun celebration.”
Special thanks to everyone who came to the event, contributed an auction item, made a donation, and otherwise showed your support!