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1/19/2011

Major ProLiteracy Donors Recognized for Giving

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Major ProLiteracy Donors Recognized for Giving

ProLiteracy joins The Wall Street Journal and The Giving Back Fund in recognizing the accomplishments and philanthropy of two major supporters: real estate agent and investor Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and worldwide bestselling novelist Nora Roberts.

On November 9, The Wall Street Journal profiled Bonnie Pfeifer Evans as the "Donor of the Day." During her career as a supermodel, Bonnie founded the pediatric AIDS charity, DISHES, and raised millions of dollars to benefit programs for women and families affected by HIV and AIDS. As a trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation, Bonnie established The Charles Evans Book Fund at ProLiteracy to honor her late husband. The Fund, a program of ProLiteracy's National Book Fund, makes instructional materials and other resources available to programs providing literacy and basic education to adults and families who are homeless.

Earlier this month, The Giving Back Fund released its annual list identifying the 30 celebrities who give the most money to charity. We at ProLiteracy were delighted to see Nora Roberts recognized for her remarkable generosity. She was second on the list; only Oprah Winfrey gave more. Through her foundation, Nora is a major ProLiteracy supporter, helping us transform lives and communities through adult literacy. Nora has almost 200 books in print, and every Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb title released since 1999 has made the New York Times bestseller list.

ProLiteracy supporter Romance Writers of America (RWA), the professional organization dedicated to advancing the interests of romance writers through networking and advocacy, has also been in the news recently. RWA Executive Director Allison Kelley was quoted in a December 9 New York Times article on the phenomenal success of digital romance books. Romance is now the fastest-growing category of e-books. Since 1990, Romance Writers of America has given more than $670,000 to ProLiteracy and our members through RWA's annual Readers for Life Literacy Autographing. This year alone, 500 authors at RWA's annual conference spent two hours autographing books for 3,600 readers. Proceeds from this exciting event were donated to ProLiteracy, the Nashville Adult Literacy Council, and the Adult Literacy League in Orlando.

"ProLiteracy is grateful to all our donors," ProLiteracy President and CEO David C. Harvey said. "We are privileged that Ms. Pfeifer Evans and Ms. Roberts have taken such a strong interest in adult literacy and are happy to see their work and philanthropy recognized in this way. We are also pleased to read about Romance Writers of America in the New York Times. This organization has been a wonderful ProLiteracy supporter and literacy advocate, and many RWA authors are literacy volunteers in programs across the country."

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