Focus on the Coast Blog: CFLC Annual Literacy Gala: A Night of Imagination

CFLC Annual Literacy Gala: A Night of Imagination

Written By Matthew Holdren

It seems nearly impossible to escape Wilmington and explore the world in one evening. However, Jules Verne once wrote, “Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.” The Cape Fear Literacy Council is on a mission to do just that—provide people an opportunity to travel Around the World in 80 Days throughout one Saturday night.

Saturday, March 1 promises to be a night unlike any other in the Wilmington Convention Center, as The Annual Literacy Gala enters its 29th year.

The CFLC Literacy Gala is a perfect chance to experience not only a night out, but to support an organization whose mission is to provide individualized literacy services to adults so they and their families in the Cape Fear region can meet their personal and professional goals, developing their full potential.

Though the Gala once had a reoccurring Mardi Gras theme because it always fell in February or March, over the past few years it has adopted a book theme to align with the mission to promote literacy. Erin Payne, the Community Outreach and Volunteer Management Coordinator for the council explains, “We choose books that have been made into popular movies (Casablanca, The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany’s) because it makes the Gala fun, easily accessible and even more thematic.”

With this year’s theme being Around the World in 80 Days, the convention center will be turned into Jules Verne’s fantasy world of adventure. Payne is excited about the parallelism between the novel and CFLC’s mission. “Around the World in 80 Days highlights the adventures of two men who wagered on themselves and their abilities and made an impossible journey possible–much like our students do in their journey to literacy.”

The gala features complimentary valet parking, a red carpet photo shoot, cocktail hour with complimentary drinks and wine, and a three-course internationally inspired dinner. As if fantasy hasn’t become a reality already, guests will then participate in silent and live auctions, enjoy music by The 360 Degrees, and go wild for Vegas-style games at Perry’s Emporium sponsored Casino.

Purchase a ticket and let The Cape Fear Literacy Council make imagination become reality. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for this event are available at www.cfliteracy.org

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