Champions of Adult Literacy

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Thanks to all who joined us for our Fifth Annual “Champions of Adult Literacy” Fundraiser on October 25, 2017.

The festivities included a friendly Quizzo team trivia competition, with the EZ Reader team taking home first prize!

Champions of Adult Literacy recognizes Champions who inspire and support the work of the Literacy Council’s students, staff, and volunteers.

Honoring Champions and Raising Awareness

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

Meet our “Hometown Hero” Champion: Jamal Hill

JHill1Jamal Hill moved to Darby PA as a child and graduated from Penn Wood High School in Delaware County PA. He studied screenwriting at the Community College of Philadelphia before actively pursuing his dream of filmmaking.

For his first major venture, Hill and his mother and his wife ambitiously produced a $10,000 independent film entitled Money Power Respect from a 75-page script he wrote. The film won first prize at the Philly Underground Film Festival and caught the attention of Charlie Mack Alston of Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company. Hill began working on films such as I Am Legend, Hancock, and Iron Man, and directed Lady Gaga’s The Fame short concert movie.

In 2010, Hill returned to Philadelphia to direct a music-based feature film entitled Streets starring hip-hop star Meek Mill. He then landed a deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to direct several movies, including Brotherly Love, written and directed by Hill and nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award. He has several projects in the works.

Hill describes literacy as being integral to his career. He emphasizes the power and flexibility of writing and owning his own scripts so that he can maintain control over his vision.

Hill is a longtime friend of Chester activist and DCLC Board Member Jonathan Addur Rahim King.Hill was interviewed about his exciting film career at the 2017 Champions fundraiser. Hill was also interviewed on local station WRNB 100.3 FM in advance of the event: .

Meet our Community Champion: Harrah’s Philadelphia

Harrah’s Philadelphia celebrated ten years of being a community asset in the city of Chester in 2017. Since opening in 2007, Harrah’s has been a dedicated supporter of the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) and its work.

During their ten years in Chester, Harrah’s has shown its support for adult literacy in a variety of ways.

  • As a major employer in the area, Harrah’s provides job opportunities for adults who are improving their skills and seeking a better life.  Harrah’s has hosted job fairs and has collaborated with the Literacy Council on a workplace literacy class.
  • Volunteers from Harrah’s have rolled up their sleeves and helped by cleaning DCLC’s parking lot and re-painting the parking lot lines.
  • Harrah’s talented staff members have served on DCLC’s Board of Directors year after year.
  • Recently Harrah’s celebrated its tenth anniversary by presenting the Literacy Council with a generous $10,000 grant from the Caesar’s Foundation to spruce up DCLC’s curbside appeal and update our signage.
  • Finally, this is the fifth consecutive year that Harrah’s has hosted the Literacy Council’s annual Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser.

Clearly, Harrah’s is a wonderful community partner with a great track record of positive impact, deserving of being honored as a 2017 Champion of Adult Literacy.

Generously Supported by the Community

Champions of Adult Literacy 2017 was 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 Bryn Mawr Trust; Gold Sponsors Brinker Simpson & Co., Iacona Collision Specialists, Rose Valley Appraisal Associates, and Sun East Federal Credit Union; Silver Sponsors John Cipollone Heating & Cooling,  The City of Chester, The Ed Joseph Snyder Family Support Center, Arthur G. Girton-Attorney at Law, Hayes Lounge, Professional Duplicating, and Sun East Charitable Foundation; and Bronze Sponsors 320 Market Cafe, All-State Insurance Agent Vinnie Arcana, Franklin Fountain/Shane Confectionery, Friends of Brian Kirkland, JB Collision, Star Vista Enterprises, and Swarthmore House Parts.