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Three Local Organizations to Receive
Books Through Borders and First Book

RELEASED: Feb. 22, 2007

First Book logoEAU CLAIRE — Three local non-profit groups that work to improve the lives of children will each receive a $1,000 Borders Group gift card through the auspices of the Borders Group and First Book.

Don Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is chairman of the First Book Eau Claire college advisory board, which is part of a national network of First Book advisory boards. It's comprised of volunteers from the university and the community who promote and facilitate the distribution of new books to literacy programs in the Eau Claire area.

Funds for this gift came from point-of-sale donations made by customers of more than 1,000 Borders, Borders Express and Waldenbooks stores around the country during the holiday season. Donated funds were then passed on to local First Book advisory boards to distribute to eligible recipient groups. The groups will have until April 30 to redeem their cards, ensuring that children served by these programs benefit as quickly as possible from this program.

The Eau Claire advisory board chose the local organizations to receive gift cards from the funds raised in the 2006 holiday giving campaign. Bolton Refuge House, Interfaith Hospitality Network's Beacon House, and the Family Resource Center of Eau Claire will receive their $1,000 gift cards at a ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 50th birthday celebration of Dr. Seuss' beloved "Cat in the Hat." The event will take place at 2:36 p.m. (there were 236 words used in "The Cat in the Hat") Friday, March 2, in the children's book area at Borders, 4030 Commonwealth Avenue, Eau Claire. Rumor has it that the Cat may even show up!

First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single mission: to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. First Book Eau Claire also serves pre-school programs operated by Western Dairyland, pre-school programs and the Reading Partner Program operated by the Eau Claire Area School District, and the Building Bridges program of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.

Mowry also wants the Eau Claire community to know that they can help First Book get even more book donations to kids by getting involved in the "Cat in the Hat" birthday celebration.

"For each person who goes to the Suessville Web site and sends an e-birthday card to the Cat, Random House will donate one new book to the First Book National Book Bank," said Mowry. "The site has lots of fun things to do and there is a competition to see which state in the United States can send the most cards. Naturally, we'd like to see Wisconsin get in the running."

For more information, contact Mowry, at 715-836-4649, or Shelly Grokowsky, Borders district marketing manager, at 715-832-5783, or sgrokows@bordersgroupinc.com.

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