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November 20, 2023

Quarterly Newsletter: November 2023

Purchase tickets now for the 2024 Wild Dunes Author Event & Weekend

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Mary Alice Monroe’s highly anticipated literary event will be held on January 13 & 14 at Wild Dunes Resort. The weekend will feature special events and a discussion from authors Stacey Willingham, William Kent Krueger, and Shelby Van Pelt. Reading Partners is the benefiting charity, and we are hosting a silent auction prior to the panel event on Sunday, January 14. Tickets are selling fast, so click here to get yours today.


Mahj & Mimosas – hosted by CHS MAHJ SQUAD in February

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Join us at the Harbour Club at WestEdge on February 6th for Mahj & Mimosas hosted by the CHS MAHJ SQUAD! Tickets are $100 and include lunch and table prizes. There will also be a raffle, so bring cash or checks. All proceeds benefit Reading Partners. Gather your squad today (4 players per table) and click here to purchase tickets!


Start stretching! RPSC hosting Adult Field Day on March 16

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We are hosting an Adult Field Day on March 16, 2024 at Brittlebank Park! Teams of 8-10 will compete in traditional field day activities like three-legged race, balloon toss, and relay race. This event is a throwback to the best day in elementary school! Do you have what it takes to take home the King of the Field trophy? Start recruiting your teammates now and click here to register. Registration is $50 per player. All proceeds go to Reading Partners. Sponsorship packages are available as well.


We welcomed two new board members in August

liz crumley; november 2023 quarterly newsletter reading partners south carolinaLiz Crumley

Elizabeth Crumley serves as the Director of Corporate Communications for South Carolina Ports. She leads SC Ports’ communications efforts to share the critical role the port plays in keeping freight moving for businesses and communities. As the 8th largest container port in the country, SC Ports is a major economic driver in South Carolina, with port operations supporting 225,000 jobs throughout the state.

Elizabeth previously worked as a business journalist for more than a decade. For much of that time, she wrote stories about the businesses and policies impacting South Carolina for the Charleston Regional Business Journal. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

As a writer, Elizabeth knows the power of storytelling. As a Reading Partners mentor, she has seen firsthand how teaching a student to read can help transform their lives. They not only advance their reading abilities, but they build confidence and pride within themselves.

Elizabeth believes that books make a big impact on childhood, whether that is by building a path to future educational and career opportunities, cultivating empathy and understanding for others, or helping students step away from devices or stressful situations and instead dive into their imaginations.

Elizabeth is a Saint Louis native who resides in Charleston with her husband, Christopher, and daughter, Eleanor. You can often find them reading books together.


allie darby; november 2023 quarterly newsletter reading partners south carolinaAllie Darby

Allie Darby is a local Charleston philanthropist and private counselor. Allie serves on the board of The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. She is passionate about getting involved with the community, particularly as it relates to children. Allie graduated from the University of Virginia and received a Masters in School Counseling from The Citadel.

For over ten years, Allie has worked in high schools as a high school counselor. Following many great years at Charleston Collegiate School, she decided to continue her work with teenagers and young adults as a private counselor. Outside the work she does with children, Allie enjoys spending time with friends and family outdoors. 

Funding Updates

A big “Thank You!” to the following organizations and foundations that made contributions to Reading Partners since our last newsletter edition:

  • Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community – $2,500
  • Boeing Employees Community Fund – $2,000
  • Coastal Community Foundation – $10,000
  • Daniel Island Community Fund – $5,000
  • Dominion Energy Foundation – $1,500
  • Exchange Club of Charleston – $1,500
  • Grace Church Cathedral Tea Room – $2,000
  • Home Community Fund of Coastal Community Foundation – $4,000
  • Rotary Club of Charleston – $1,000
  • Sisters of Charity – $5,000
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  • Logo for Five Below
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  • Logo for Bezos Family Foundation
  • Logo for George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Logo for Panda Cares
  • Logo for The Duke Endowment
  • Logo for Deerbrook Charitable Trust

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