Monday, March 05, 2007

Women's Fraternity Donates To First Book

WASHINGTON - Pi Beta Phi, a national women's fraternity (with a chapter in the University of Nevada, Reno), donated $125,000 to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children from low-income families. The funds were donated by Pi Beta Phi collegiate and alumnae members, friends and families during a six-week long First Book Virtual Book Drive, a branded online initiative, that culminated on the 50th birthday of the classic children's book, The Cat in the Hat. The contribution will provide 50,000 new books to children in need nationwide.

Launched in conjunction with Pi Beta Phi's 2007 Fraternity Day of Service, the online campaign challenged individual members, collegiate chapters and alumnae clubs to help raise enough funds to donate 50,000 new books as part of The Cat in the Hat birthday celebration. The St. Louis, Missouri Alumnae Club made the largest single donation of $10,000.

"We are thrilled with the success of the Pi Beta Phi Virtual Book Drive and the enormous generosity of their members and friends. It clearly demonstrates their ongoing commitment to literacy causes," said Kyle Zimmer, president of First Book. "With the support of organizations like Pi Beta Phi, First Book can continue to combat the literacy crisis and provide books immediately to the children who need them most."

"The success of this book drive is testament to Pi Beta Phi's almost 100 year commitment to the cause of literacy. We are thrilled to partner with First Book in order to distribute more than 50,000 books to kids in need," said Emily Tarr, Pi Beta Phi President.

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