Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Tyler on Tuesday

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:05am

Literacy Council of Tyler is pleased to announce that Former First Lady Barbara Bush will be returning to Tyler for a Celebration of Literacy on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The lunch event will be held at Harvey Hall with Mrs. Bush as the keynote speaker. Proceeds will benefit Literacy Council of Tyler.

General admission tickets are $65 and go on sale Friday, Dec. 23 at Tyler-area Brookshire’s stores and FRESH, at the customer service/concierge desks respectively. Tickets will also be available online at www.lcotyler.org starting Friday.

Starting Jan. 2 preferred seating tickets and table sponsorships will be available at Literacy Council of Tyler offices on TJC’s west campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323 or by calling Nancy Crawford at 903-780-1150.

Sponsorships levels are: $10,000 Platinum Level, which includes front row seating for six, admission to a VIP reception with Mrs. Bush along with a photo opportunity; $5,000 Gold Level, which includes a photo opportunity for two guests and premium seating for 10; $2,500 Silver Level, which includes a preferred seating table for 10. All sponsors receive complimentary valet parking and recognition in the program. Individual preferred seating tickets also are available for $250 each.

January will mark the 15-year anniversary of her last visit. In January 1997, Mrs. Bush spoke at a celebration for literacy. Mrs. Bush started The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy more than 20 years ago, which has awarded over $42 million to support the development and expansion of 960 family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“When Mrs. Bush spoke to our community 15 years ago, we were a small organization and there was limited awareness of illiteracy in Tyler,” said Nancy Crawford, executive director of Literacy Council of Tyler. “We’ve gone from serving 600 students per year to about 2,500 students per year, and really feel like much of our success is thanks to Mrs. Bush. We are so honored to have her back.”

Literacy Council of Tyler (LCOT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing free adult literacy instruction in East Texas since 1990. LCOT provides learners in our community instruction in adult basic education, GED preparation and English as a second language (ESL). In 2010 the organization served 2,424 adults and utilized 373 volunteers.

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