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David Baldacci2015 Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction Recap

The day had finally come! A perfect summer evening, auction items thoughtfully displayed throughout the Renaissance hotel lobby, arranged each year by volunteer Vonciel Baudouin. Tables were set in the Grand Ballroom in anticipation of nearly 300 guests ready to hear David Baldacci, author of over 30 bestselling novels, speak in person. The buzz was palpable.

As soon as Mr. Baldacci arrived he posed for pictures with staff, board members and volunteers. Then he made his way to the Top of the Plaza for the VIP reception where donors had a chance to chat with him before dinner.

From six to seven the bidding was fierce for the over 90 auction packages including art, jewelry, outdoor adventures, golf, restaurants, and the ever popular signed Authors for Literacy book collection and board members' wine picks.

At seven the guests entered the dining room where Literacy Council Executive Director, Ashley Lasher gave her welcome, followed by an introduction by Board Chair Joe Mann-Stadt.

Next, the entire room was on its feet and in tears as tutor Nance Davidson introduced her student Molly Hutchinson, who gave a heartfelt testimonial about the impact the Literacy Council has made in her life.

The Fund-A-Need auction was another highlight as Bright Star touring theater founder David Ostergaard whipped up laughs and donations to fund various Literacy Council progams.

Coporate sponsor TD Bank's Charles Frederick introduced David Baldacci who gave a most entertaining keynote speech that people are still raving about.

The night ended with David signing books and donors retrieving the items from their winning bids. This event raised significant funding for the Literacy Council, supporting our programming as we launch the 2015/16 year.


Learn what it is like to be a tutor or a student at the Literacy Council in the article: Mountain Causes, Asheville Citizen-Times Click here for a pdf version.     

Become a volunteer tutor! The next orientation sessions for prospective volunteers will be on November 4 at 9am, and November 5 at 5:30pm. Prospective volunteers should choose one of these sessions to attend. RSVP to

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Read about an Augustine Student's improvements after a year of working with a tutor.

Read our letter to the editor in the Asheville Citizen-Times thanking all of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week.

Read about how an Augustine Project student's love of dogs helped him improve his reading.

Congratulations to Edith on passing the US Naturalization exam.

Congratulations to R.J., an Adult Education student, who was able to read a book to his grandchild for the first time.

Congratulations to Richard, an Adult Education student who has worked diligently and made huge gains.

Congratulations to Gina Poore, one of our very dedicated Adult Education students.

Read our tutor's story about traveling to Mexico with her student.

Meet our star ESOL student this year, Elena Zinchenko.

Read about the inspiring Jimenez/Hernandez family, a whole family of Literacy Council students!

Meet Jesus Hernandez, Augustine Project student.

Read our October e-newsletter here.

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