4th Annual Ferst Foundation Wine & Cheese Tasting

On Thursday, May 6th, the Jackson-Butts County Public Library will sponsor a Wine and Cheese Tasting Benefiting the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.

The evening event will be from 6:30- 8 p.m at Pinky's Parlor in the historic Indian Springs Village. The group's main fundraiser for 2010, a Silent Auction, will be held in conjunction with the Wine and Cheese Tasting event. Items to be auctioned off cover a wide variety of interests, including attractions and concert tickets, restaurant certificates, gift items, themed baskets and much more. Tickets to the Wine and Cheese Tasting event are $10 for one person or $15 for two. Wine, other beverages and gourmet foods will be in abundance. There will be live entertainment from local musicians. The Whimsical Gardens in historic Indian Springs Village will also be open that evening for attendees to enjoy.

The Wine and Cheese Tasting event partnered with the Silent Auction has been an important fund-raising event for the Ferst Foundation since it began four years ago. All proceeds go toward supporting the organization's mission in the local community.

Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy is a non-profit organization that strives to narrow the literacy gap between children from low-income homes and those from more affluent communities. The reality is most children who enter kindergarten lacking basic early literacy skills do not catch up to their peers in subsequent years. In fact, the National Adult Literacy Survey found that children who have not already developed some basic literacy practices before they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.

Our mission is to ensure that every child in Butts County enters school prepared to succeed. Each child enrolled in the Ferst Foundation program receives one book monthly, free of charge, that is to be read to them by their parents or care givers. Children may receive up to a maximum of 60 books, depending on their age when they enter the program. "Imagine the Possibilities" (our motto) if every child in our community enters kindergarten having been read to regularly by the most important teacher they will ever have - their parents.

Community donations and participation for the upcoming fundraiser are greatly appreciated. Please contact Joyce Rowe at Daughtry Elementary or Stephanie Vickers at the Jackson-Butts County Library for tickets or more information.