Hostess Arlene Mohler Johnson, Natalie Johnson, Steve Hickox, his gala committee member wife Suzanne, and their children Patrick Ross and Ann.
A gala named Novel Ever After. It’s a novel idea.
And that’s what you might expect from an organization that’s all about literacy.
Imagine the attire for this gala. It suggests dressing as your favorite storybook character and letting your imagination run wild. That’s what Dani Hedlund, founder and CEO of the 10-year-old nonprofit Tethered by Letters, is hoping when the fundraiser is held Friday, April 7, at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood.
Even the venue sounds like something from a fairy tale.
Stories play a vital role in our lives. They have the power to connect us with faraway places and distant times, shape our identities and help engage critically with the world around us. Stories inspire us to become something greater, to strive for a greater future.
But today, the power of stories is declining. Society has less and less time for literature and art, distracted by the instant gratification of reality television and 140-character status updates.
Tethered by Letters understands the power of stories and believes words are worth fighting for. Based in Denver, the 501(c)3 has global reach with satellites in Seattle, Omaha, Boston and Edinburgh, Scotland, serving students, writers and readers in more than 35 countries.
In 2016 alone, Tethered by Letters helped 1,500 writers through its Free Editing Program, lectured to 250 high school students, published 150 authors, awarded more than $10,000 in artist and author compensation, partnered with 10 universities to offer career support to students, supported 12 members through their first book publication, guided 18 interns through a professional training curriculum and increased F(r)iction’s circulation to become the fastest-growing literary journal in the United States.
For further information about sponsorship and reservations for the gala, visit tetheredbyletters.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee members for Novel Ever After, The Gala 2017: Laura Leprino, Angela Lieurance, Tethered by Letters Founder and CEO Dani Hedlund, Kenzie Crow and Gala Chair Ian Leprino.
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