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Laughs For Literacy Raises More Than $29,000

On September 28, The Literacy Alliance held its third annual Laughs for Literacy fundraising event, a Twisted Colleague-Wed Game, at Parkview Mirro Center for Research. Eleven teams competed against one another as their fans cheered them on. Office colleagues, as opposed to newlyweds, were asked questions about one another in a “twist” on the Newlywed Game. More than 200 attendees enjoyed the event. Following the Colleague-Wed Game, comedic hypnotist Rusty Z entertained the audience. The event raised more than $29,000 to provided literacy services to those in Allen County.

Executive Director Mike Landram said the event couldn’t not have succeeded without the support of many local businesses and organizations. “We’re very fortunate to live in a community that values education and helping individuals like our students succeed, he said. “Thank you to all that sponsored this event and made it a success.”

Landram went on to say, “This event raises funds to help us serve a segment of the 30,000 adults in Allen County struggling with their literacy skills and who want their high school equivalency diploma. So that they may go on read to their families, obtain better jobs and become self-sufficient. We are grateful to our terrific volunteers and generous sponsors for their support.”

The following teams won awards:

First Place: Midwest Pipe and Steel

Second Place: BF Goodrich

Third Place: Wolf Mattress

Judges for the event were Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and Dan Copeland, president and publisher of Business People Magazine.