KidLitCon 2011 and RIF

KidLitCon and RIF have teamed up!

As Colleen Mondor explains at Chasing Ray, “What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving away from publisher donated ARCs as raffle prizes and also toward a long term partnership with one organization. Ultimately what we came up with made sense in so many ways that in retrospect it was one of the easiest things we decided. I am delighted to announce that KidLit Con is now entering into a partnership with Reading Is Fundamental which we hope will extend for many years into the future and make a powerful difference in the lives of many.” This was also posted at the KidLitCon website.

At Rasco From RIF, Carol Rasco of RIF says : “Not so very long ago I received an email from Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray; she is serving as a co-chair of the upcoming KidLit Con in Seattle. In the email Colleen shared in lieu of the usual closing banquet’s fundraising auction at KidLit Con, she and co-chair Jackie Parker-Robinson wished to have the attendees raise funds for RIF prior to arriving and as a long-term project as well. From that point plans have been made, and yesterday Colleen announced the debut effort in what will be a KidLit Con partnership with Reading Is Fundamental. To have a partnership with this incredible group know as “Kidlitosphere” is the ultimate endorsement for an organization with a mission like that of RIF; and for those of us affiliated with RIF, we are humbled and grateful for this new official partnership.”

As of August 23, Carol Rasco shared the current fundraising efforts at the KidLitCon website: “At this point the Kid Lit Con Fund at RIF stands at $1056! And that is in a very short period of time…applause, applause! I am so thankful on behalf the children and families who will get a new, free book to call their own because of your generosity! I noted on Friday night there were those making these gifts in honor of individuals and groups. Here is the list thus far of those gifts; please note all honor gifts but the first one have been given anonymously (for various reasons which we will certainly honor).” One of those anonymous donors had some nice things to say about me; I am touched and flattered. Thank you!