How a southern town, a book and a cow raised $25,000

A few weeks ago, three members of our team had the pleasure of spending several days in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Here’s the story of how we found ourselves there:

Library For All co-founder Rebecca met several members of their community in Haiti last year, and they generously offered to support Library For All by hosting a fundraising gala. The gala’s theme was inspired by the recent filming in Cape Girardeau of the movie Gone Girl, based on the hit book by Gillian Flynn. On a Friday evening, over one hundred community members came out to celebrate books and support literacy.

The evening kicked off with red carpet photos, champagne and a silent auction. Tanyella gave a wonderful speech about Library For All’s vision of supporting literacy worldwide. We were also honored to have a video speech from the author, Gillian Flynn, about the importance of literacy and our project. The live auction included one of the most unusual auction items we’ve ever seen: a cow! (It went for $800).

The evening was a great success and raised nearly $25,000 for Library For All. This is an amazing contribution toward the development of the next version of our application, which will help us add thousands more titles to the library and scale up to reach another 60 schools in Haiti next year.

We are incredibly grateful to the community of Cape Girardeau, and especially to the amazing team who organized the gala. They welcomed us into their homes, showed us around their beautiful town, and put on an event that was so fabulous and well-organized that we are trying to persuade them to come and help us with our events here in New York! We are amazed at how these few people saw Rebecca’s vision for the Library when it was just an idea, and were inspired to organize their whole community to support it. All of us, myself included, came to work at Library For All because we share this same vision, and it’s wonderful to see the creative ways people find to help make this vision a reality.

Thanks to all of our new friends in Cape Girardeau – we hope to see you again soon!