$35,000 Raised For Partnership For Children Of Johnston County

Dwight Morris, Executive Director of Partnership for Children of Johnston County poses in the “Pirate Ship” built for the event by Johnston County Industries Wood Working Employee Daniel Scott, pictured in rear of ship.

Over 200 people attended the 3rd Annual “Raise the Booty” Fundraiser Benefit Auction on October 27th in support of the Partnership for Children of Johnston County, which promotes quality early childhood education and experiences for families in Johnston County.

The event, which took place at the JCI-Hinson Building in Smithfield, grossed over $35,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships and auction item sales, making it the organization’s most successful event ever.

Proceeds from Raise the Booty fund early literacy programs such as Reach Out and Read (a partnership with local pediatricians), the campaign for Grade Level Reading, and advocating for our children in Johnston County. The event offered a unique auction experience, the opportunity to purchase a Little Free Library®, stocked with books, and have it dedicated in the donor’s name. Guests donated $5,750 to provide Little Free Libraries® throughout Johnston County.

Chris & Nicole Key (in Black shirts) pose with Colleen and Nate Roby, owners of Simple Twist. The Key’s won a dinner for 6, catered by Chef Nathan at the Raise the Booty event.

“Well Shiver me Timbers! What a spirited and great time raising the Booty for the Partnerships’ campaign on literacy,” said  Dwight Morris, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Johnston County. “In addition, no one had to walk the plank. Thank you to Corina Knott and her committee, all our sponsors, and the participants for their commitment to our young children and the literacy needs in our county! The Partyship may have sailed, but we’ll be back for another rousing, high seas adventure.”

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a non-profit organization. For 20 years the Partnership has worked to improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children, by enhancing the quality of childcare and supporting strong families. The Partnership works collaboratively with like-minded organizations to improve the quality of early childhood education and school readiness for all of Johnston County’s children.