Cary, NC—Lucy Daniels Center announces fundraising and attendance totals for Bookmarked! 2013, the fourth annual celebration of its Lucy’s Book Club community outreach initiative, held Saturday, May 4, at The Commons at North Hills in Raleigh.

The support of major sponsors Time Warner Cable, BB&T, CapTrust, and Duke Energy helped raise more than $8,500 to support Center programs, including Lucy’s Book Club, in 2013-14. More than 200 parents and children attended the free festival, which was held simultaneously with the year’s first Midtown Farmers’ Market.

Musician David DiGiuseppe and children’s performer Tina Cash provided family-friendly entertainment throughout the morning. Local “celebrity-hero” readers including Duke Raleigh Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Garst, Marbles Kids Museum’s Pam Hartley, and Durham police officer Jennifer Ormiston shared selections from Lucy’s Book Club, a free educational outreach program that supports healthy child social and emotional development and early reading skills. Other activities included games and crafts, face painting and balloon animals.

The morning’s festivities were emceed by Joey Powell and Jake Fehling, who perform together as Two Dads, One Mic. Fehling was joined by wife Page Crawford of WNCN, who took the stage to read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Crawford said she was delighted to have the opportunity to share in the day’s focus on children’s books that promote children’s emotional development. 

“As a mother, I am very aware of the critical role that reading plays in a child’s life. Lucy’s Book Club serves as a positive influence not only in our community, but also to me and my husband,” Crawford said. “I’m so glad that he was involved in the event as well, as I think that will only make us stronger parents for our children.” 

 “Bookmarked! brings together the community in a way that few events can,” said Clarenda Stanley, the Center’s director of development. “In helping us increase awareness about how reading contributes to a child’s social and emotional development, our sponsors, prize donors, and volunteers have helped propel us forward in our mission of helping children live emotionally healthy lives.

Other Bookmarked! 2013 sponsors were Atlantic Tire, LM Restaurants, Raleigh Metal Recycling, Mindful I Photography, and Blend Media. Many local businesses donated items including gift certificates, goods and services for the day’s prize drawings.

Lucy Daniels Center is the Triangle area’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit provider of mental health services exclusively for children. Programs include an on-site mental health clinic and school, with community-based initiatives dedicated to supporting lower-income families and local child care centers enrolling children on child care subsidy. More than 70% of families receiving services from the Center pay less than full cost for services, and one child in six receives services for free. Learn more about Lucy Daniels Center at www.lucydanielscenter.org.

Learn more about Lucy’s Book Club at www.lucysbookclub.org.

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Now in its third decade of service to children and families, the Lucy Daniels Center is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle and is conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org

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