Champions of Adult Literacy

Get ready for the 2018 Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser, benefiting the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC)! Test your wits in a friendly game of Quizzo team trivia while supporting free literacy services for local adults. This year’s Champions event promises to be fun and full of surprises. 

An Exciting Evening for a Good Cause

The Sixth Annual “Champions of Adult Literacy” Fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in The Block entertainment center at Harrah’s Racetrack & Casino in Chester, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester PA 19013. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here.

Tasty pub grub is included in the ticket price of $35.00. A cash bar featuring craft beers will also be available. The EZ Reader Quizzo team will be defending its championship trophy from last year’s event!

DCLC’s annual Champions of Adult Literacy event honors community members who champion literacy and who support the Literacy Council’s efforts to provide free services to adults who are improving their basic skills, preparing for their high school equivalency, or learning English as a Second Language.

“Hometown Hero” Champion Dyana Williams

Dyana Williams headshot (3)We are excited to honor Dyana Williams as this year’s “Hometown Hero” Champion of Adult Literacy.

Dyana Williams is an entertainment powerhouse: A music activist, celebrity strategist, broadcaster, and currently an on-air personality at 100.3 WRNB Radio One Philadelphia.

Dyana is passionate about literacy. She created the Literacy Lyric Project with GRAMMY-winning songwriters/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to promote the importance of being able to read and write well in order to succeed in the entertainment industry. Also, she is a powerful role model to all who want to create positive change in their community.

Dyana has been a frequent guest commentator for TV One’s award winning music series Unsung. She has engineered media strategies for her celebrity clientele that has included Rihanna, T.I, Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monae, The Zac Brown Band, A$AP Rocky, two American Idols (Ruben Studdard and Fantasia), multiple GRAMMY Award winners, many platinum selling performers, executives, actors, and athletes, among others.

Dyana helped establish June as Black Music Month (with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kenny Gamble) and was recognized for her music activism in the White House by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. As a co-producer of the Marian Anderson Award, she has orchestrated tributes to Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LaBelle, and Gamble & Huff.

Formerly president of the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy (also known as the GRAMMY organization), Williams continues to serve on its board and on several national committees. She attended Temple University’s Klein School of Media and Communication, where she graduated cum laude. The daughter of a college professor, and an advocate for quality education, Williams currently sits on the Klein Board of Visitors.

Community Champion: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union

FMFCU Corporate Office Photo (3)The Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) is the 2018 Community Champion of Adult Literacy.

FMFCU has supported the Literacy Council in a variety of ways. FMFCU employees have enthusiastically volunteered their time to serve on the Literacy Council’s Board of Directors and on board committees for many years. FMFCU also has been the lead sponsor of the Champions of Adult Literacy fundraising event since its inception in 2013. Recently, FMFCU donated office furniture that has helped DCLC grow and serve more adult students.

FMFCU has provided financial products and services to residents and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia Region and beyond since 1970. Through the FMFCU Partners in Education foundation, FMFCU coordinates the  Delco Hi-Q high school academic competition, offers scholarships, and provides financial literacy outreach to all ages.

DCLC Student Champion: Kim Robinson

Kim Robinson first came to the Literacy Council in 2010. Like many of the Literacy Council’s adult students, she wanted a fresh start. Also, like many DCLC students, she KRobinsoncame with her own story and challenges.

Kim did not finish high school because she suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (a rare bleeding in the brain) at the age of 18. She was pregnant with her first child at the time.

After a long road of rehabilitation, Kim gathered enough courage to come to the Literacy Council and ask for help.

She attended classes, worked with tutors, and built up her confidence until she felt ready to take and pass her GED exams. She continued on to earn an associate’s degree and is currently in the final stages of earning her bachelor’s degree. Just as impressive, Kim now works as a student support specialist for the Literacy Council! Join us as we honor Kim’s determination, talent, and accomplishments. We are thrilled to honor Kim Robinson as a 2018 Champion of Adult Literacy.

Generously Supported by the Community

Champions of Adult Literacy 2018 is generously supported by many community partners, including Hall of Fame Sponsors Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack & Casino; All-Star Sponsor Sun East Federal Credit Union; Gold Sponsors Brinker Simpson, King’s Automotive, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, Rafferty Subaru, and Rose Valley Appraisal Associates; Silver Sponsors Chester Water Authority and John Cipollone Heating & Cooling; Bronze Sponsors Vinnie Arcana—AllState, Franklin Fountain/Shane Confectionery, Marshall Muhammad Tax Service, Plush Mills Senior Living, Swartmore House Parts, and Top Class Detailing.

Be a Champion:  Many Ways to Contribute

To become a sponsor of this exciting event, please contact Susan at 610.876.4811. A sponsor form, with more information, can be found here.

Tickets to the event are $35 per person and can be purchased here. Consider fielding a team by buying an entire table for $350.

Another way to support the event is by purchasing raffle tickets. Learn more here. Ticketholders do not have to be present at the event to claim the prize.

For more information, call 610.876.4811.