The Let Imagination Bloom luncheon, organized by Women Enriching Lives and supporting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, raised a record $37,100 this year, the committee recently announced.
The event was held last month at Majors Event Barn in Monroe and more than 230 people attended, the largest since the initial luncheon nine years ago.
This year’s money generated was $10,000 more than last year, said committee member Fran Sack.
During the past 10 years this project has raised approximately $300,000 to provide books to nearly 10,000 preschool (0-5 years of age), Sack said. She said more than 4,000 children who live in the Middletown, Madison, Monroe, Edgewood and Franklin school districts receive free books every month as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Jan Sherbin was this year’s author whose first book is about Fiona, the hippo that put the Cincinnati Zoo in the national spotlight. Her book is called Hip, Hippo, Hooray for Fiona!
Keynote speaker was Cea Cohen Elliott who spoke at the first “Let Imagination Bloom” luncheon 9 years ago. She is a professional motivational speaker, wellness and fitness coach and workshop leader. She has a passion for children and early childhood education and stresses the importance of literacy for all children, Sack said
Next year’s luncheon will be held on April 6 at a location to be determined.