Many helped Storytelling in the Park become reality

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On behalf of Carolinas Literacy Network board of directors, I want to thank the many sponsors, contributors, volunteers and staff who helped to make Storytelling in the Park a wonderful event.
Keith Tunnell, director of Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., planted the seed a year ago when he arranged for a group to visit the National Storytelling Center’s annual festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.
It was an amazing experience personally, but it also sparked a vision for the future of the Lancaster area. It could financially benefit the literacy efforts of Carolinas Literacy Network members and Andrew Jackson State Park. Given time to grow, it could also benefit the economy and tourism of Lancaster County.
A small group initially composed of staff and board members from Carolinas Literacy Network, Andrew Jackson State Park and the city of Lancaster took the trip to Tennessee and formed the core committee.
Working together for the past year, the committee took on additional members of the board of directors and others from the community. There were 40 volunteers helping on the day of the event making sure that all went smoothly for our guests, park visitors and the performers.
Clearly, there are too many to name in this letter, but without whom the event would not have happened.
I do want to acknowledge others whose contributions cannot go unnoticed. Amanda Cains Wright provided the beautiful artwork and the logo that symbolizes everything related to Storytelling in the Park. Our sponsors’ financial contributions underwrote the event and they are as follows: WRHI Radio, The Lancaster News/Carolina Gateway, Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., Duke Energy, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lancaster Eye and Laser Center, StoryEye Center, Burns Ford and Indian Land Rotary Club.
If you missed this year’s event, mark your calendars for Oct. 13, 2012. Storytellers are already planning to come for another full day of fun and entertainment.

Kathy Wilds is executive director of Carolinas Literacy Cooperative, formerly known as Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative.