By Amy Woods
The CEO of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is hopeful that, following a challenging year of postponed and canceled events, its annual golf tournament will be a success.
Literacy Links is scheduled for June 11 at Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course. It usually takes place in April.
“We’re going to miss a few people, but we’re still going to have it,” Kristin Calder said. “We have a good response so far.”
The tournament drew 50 players last year and raised $35,000. It was moved to November because of the pandemic.
“The important part of all this is adaptation,” Calder said. “People love this event, so we wanted to have it.”
Proceeds will provide adults and children in need with links to literacy programs that will help them succeed in school and life.
One of those programs is Building Better Readers, targeting third-grade students who read below their level. Hundreds of volunteers are recruited and trained to be reading tutors and then dispatched to homes and schools.
Another program is Literacy AmeriCorps, through which college graduates serve as reading tutors for adult learners and at-risk youths.
Another beneficiary will be the Glades Family Education program, which serves the Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay area. It offers adult literacy, children’s literacy, monthly parenting-skills workshops and weekly Parent and Child Together activities.
“It really serves that community well in terms of tutoring and reading,” tournament Chairwoman Nancy Vera said. “I firmly believe it needs to start at a young age — the love of books. I know that was one of my favorite times with my kids, that hour or two before bed reading.
“Reading is dear to my heart, so it’s something that’s important to me,” Vera said. “I feel what we do as an organization is important for our community.”
If You Go
What: Literacy Links golf tournament
Time: Registration 7:30 a.m., shotgun start 8:30 a.m.
Date: June 11
Where: Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course
Cost: $200 per person, $700 per foursome
Information: 561-279-9103 or www.literacypbc.org