The Women Enriching Lives organized the “Let Imagination Bloom” luncheon, a fundraiser for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library that provides free books to local children. The committee, back row, from left: Cari Hillman, Sherry Terrell, Robin Becker, Judge Kathleen Dobrozsi Romans, Marci Sorrell, Peggy McClusky, Maria Langendorf, Cathy Howell, Anne Potteiger, Jo Ashworth, Kitty Blattner, Beth Hurst, Sandi Templeton, Beth Brockman, and Linda See; front row, from left: Rita Kolp, Brenda Gehm, Gayle Martz, Libby Abele, Ginger Bruggeman, Fran Sack, Elaine Garver, Kathryn Wood and Lynnette Schluter. Not pictured: Nancy Fairchild, Patti Gage, AJ Huff, Pam Pratt, Suzi Vitori, Amy Berlean and JoAnn Wagner. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Let Imagination Bloom luncheon set records

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.

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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.

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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.

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