I was so pleases that my Social Media Makeover donation helped raise the funds for tens of thousands of books and audio books as reading will help young people break their cycle of poverty and have a more prosperous life.
Naples FL (PRWEB) December 15, 2014
Batya Maman, Social Connect CEO, MGE Management Experts and Dentists from across the nation gathered with US Marines November 14, 2014, for the MGE Annual Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. Batya donated a much sought after Social Media Makeover Package to the live auction items which by itself raised $40,000 adding to the nearly $200,000 that was raised that evening. These funds are providing tens of thousands of new books and audio books that will be given to less fortunate children this Christmas. Her donation along with others at the event represents another major strike in the battle being waged against illiteracy and helping underprivileged children break the cycle of poverty.
The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that over 16 million children live in poverty. Through the gift of a book, these children are provided with the tools they need to give them a chance to help break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
The Benefit Dinner, raising funds to help these children, was kicked OFF with the Clearwater High School Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp Color Guard and Drill Team. Their Senior Marine Instructor is Lt. Col. Kirk Kumagai U.S. Marine Corp (ret).
During the event presentation, Captain Joseph Dreager of the U.S. Marines said, “Literacy is at the core of academic achievement for all children and it’s critical that we work together to help every child have access and exposure to books at home and in their communities. By giving the gift of reading to a child in your life or a child in need, you are not only opening up a world of opportunity for them, but you are giving them a lifetime of joy.”
The final event of the evening was a lively charity auction. Some of the other items donated in addition to the Social Media Makeover Package by Social Connect were: Rebecca Minkoff luxury bags, a Disney World package, a weekend package from the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach, a chic shirt and belt from the Craig Taylor Collection, ten 6 course meals from Café Ponte, a 2 Carat Diamond Tennis Bracelet and much more. All funds raised from the auction went to the US Marines Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
In 1947, after WWII, Toys for Tots began in Los Angeles when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. Then, in 2008, in order to do something about illiteracy, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was launched with the mission to offer our Nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and succeed in life.
Batya said, “I am committed to giving back to my community and feel that donating to the Toys for Tots Literacy Program to give the gift of hope and reading to underprivileged children is one of the best ways to do this. I was so pleases that my Social Media Makeover donation helped raise the funds for tens of thousands of books and audio books as reading will help young people break their cycle of poverty and have a more prosperous life.”
MGE Management Experts, Inc. located in St. Petersburg, FL, offers business and marketing training to the owners of dental practices. The training is based on the Hubbard Management System as recognized by the Hubbard College of Administration International that is used in more than 100,000 companies and organizations across the globe to their benefit and prosperity.
About Batya Sabag Maman
CEO Batya Sabag Maman established Social Connect LLC, headquartered in Naples, Florida, in 2010. Social Connect equips small businesses and non-profit organizations with comprehensive and coordinated social media programs to get the best results without the need to add staff or lose valuable hours from their day. They teach clients how to use the latest software and technology to tailor attention-grabbing content. Their mission is simple – connect business clients with real people. For more information visit http://www.gobatya.com or call (239) 601-4340.