Funding a Non-Profit Community Book Festival

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Project Literacy Now: Funding a Non-Profit Community Book Festival

"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print."—Arthur Schopenhauer The love of reading is of the utmost importance to the development in children. Project literacy now and forever will be an annual book festival designed to raise funds for teaching rural and inner city youth how to read and also project literacy now is designed to bring awareness of the cause. Project Literacy now will be an international book festival located within a major city in the US. Because books do not buy themselves and convention centers don't rent themselves Project Literacy now will have a series of fundraisers to raise capital expenses to begin the project and hire a core staff of people to aide in the carrying out of the details of this project. Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

"This is the right place" said Brigham Young in 1847 upon entering the Great Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake City is now the home of world wide headquarters for the Church of Latter Day Saints. Salt Lake City was Chosen because it is known for its charitable giving. "Among the nation's major metropolitan areas, residents of Salt Lake City are the most generous…Salt Lake City-Ogden residents who itemized their federal tax deductions gave nearly 15 percent of their discretionary income to religious and nonprofit causes, according to the study being published Monday." (Associated Press, 2003). It was also chosen because of its ample supply of hotels and other more luxurious accommodations. In addition to the luxuriousness of the city, there are also site seeing opportunities, skiing, lake tours, dinner cruises, city tours, and tours of the Mormon Temple Square which is astonishingly beautiful and rich in history. Salt Lake City is also rich in cultural events. "Over twenty art galleries downtown alone, Salt Lake City also offers many historic sites and attractions and is a stop over for numerous Broadway shows not to mention ethnic festivals throughout the year. (Salt Lake Tourist and Visitor Center, 2005).

The festival will have both an out door and an indoor venue. The outdoor venue will be held at Liberty Park. The park is one hundred acres. (Go City Kid: The City Guide for Parents, 2005), and "Many of Salt Lake City's popular festivals and events are hosted here."(Go City Kid: A City Guide for Parents, 2005). The Indoor venue will be The Conference Center. The conference center which was built by the Mormon's has 1.5 million square feet which includes a 21,000 seat auditorium. This will house lectures from the various authors and house a different Shakespearean play each night of the festival. There are many other places in the building to house a variety of books. It also has a smaller auditorium which would be perfect for children's theatre and story telling.

Initial Fundraising
The major fundraising event will be a series of Charity Golf Tournaments. The tournaments will be held at West Ridge Golf Club located at 5055 South Westridge Blvd, West Valley City, UT 84118. There will be three tournaments each played the second Saturday of June July and August. Admission per individual person is five hundred dollars. The price per team (maximum four players) will be $1750.00. Each tournament will be limited to the first thirty teams who sign up. Cost to the club will be forty-two dollars per entrant plus a six dollar tournament fee totaling forty-eight dollars per person. Food will be catered and a small amount of money will be spent for crystal trophies for the first three places. Each tournament will also have sponsors to help increase the total money for the charity. Sponsorships will have different levels. Each level will have different...
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