Gatsby-inspired event to raise funds for Victoria Adult Literacy Council

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Oct. 31, 2013 at 5:31 a.m.

If you didn't get to dress up for Halloween, you'll have another chance.

Thanks to the Victoria Adult Literacy Council, members of the community will have a chance to participate in the roaring '20s during the Gatsby event Tuesday at the Golden Gecko.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald classic is read by students in high school, and a lot of parents read it while they were in school, said Terri Slayden, board member of the nonprofit group. And because the movie came out this year, the story is still fresh in our minds.

"It's something just about everyone can relate to," she said.

Guest are encouraged to come dressed in their best flapper outfit, pearls and headbands, she said.

During the event, there will be a silent auction for items donated by area businesses and services to raise funds for the Family Literacy in Practice program.

The money will cover cost of books and materials and payment for the tutors and teachers to help families further their education, said Slayden.

"This fundraiser is essential to keeping the literacy council a vital part of the free services provided to the community," said Stacey Millberger, executive director of the group

Breaking the cycle of uneducated families is the main goal for the family literacy program, she explained. Through the program, the families are given activities and opportunities to interact with each other around reading and educational tools.

"We end up building family relationships and the love of education," she said.

The family literacy program is twice a week for families and runs the same duration of the the school year, which is when parents can work with students on homework or help with other projects.

Last year, the literacy council was able to place 30 new children's books in family homes, said Millberger. For kids who live in low-income homes, "books are an open door to their world," she said.

The evening will include '20s-inspired hors d'oeuvres as well as light entertainment and an auction.



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