Cottonwood AZ (January 11, 2020) – Mark your calendars for Blazin’ for Books, the first Celebration and Fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the Verde Valley, to be held Feb. 23, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Tickets are $50 per person and include a Chuckwagon dinner, special entertainment, raffle, silent and live auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Verde Valley Imagination Library (VVIL), the local affiliate that funds Dolly Parton’s program. Each month, 2000 Verde Valley children ages 0 to 5 receive a free age-appropriate book labelled in their name, mailed directly to their home. The program costs $30 per child, per year for 12 quality books chosen by an advisory panel of educators.
“Babies are born listening and learning. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops before kindergarten and reading together builds vocabulary and language, the foundation for literacy. Parent really are the first teachers,” said Dr. Jean Barton, Director of Enrollment and Promotion for the Verde Valley program. “We want every child to be ready to succeed in school “
The Verde Valley Imagination Library is an All-Volunteer-Organization that depends on community support. Newborn nurses, children’s librarians, Head Start and preschool directors help parents enroll. This year’s funders include all Rotary Clubs in the Verde Valley, United Way of Yavapai County, Yavapai Title Agency’s employee giving and other individual donors. Help us sustain this wonderful program.
Donate online at www.vvilbooks.com or by mail at VVIL, PO Box 3056, Sedona, AZ 86340.
Tickets are now available at contact Jennette Bill at (928) 301-1363 or JLBill@outlook.com.
VVIL is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit. To register a child in the program please go to https://vvilbooks.com/