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Large donation from anonymous donor

First Book organization receives $20,000 donation

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Left Sheila Diaz Right Tim Leighton holding donation check Left Sheila Diaz Right Tim Leighton holding donation check
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The First Book of McLean County was given an amazing surprise today at their presentation.  Illinois Prairie Community Foundation President, Tim Leighton, and Sheila Diaz from First Book had the pleasure of accepting a $20,000 donation from an anonymous donor. 

A letter from the donor wants to give in spirit in which it was given, "enthusiastic support for your efforts!"  The donor completely understand the schools and families are in hard times and how much the donor appreciates their efforts. 

"I hope this donation in conjunction with your event at Biaggi's will help bring the joy of reading to many children this year," according to the letter presented with the donation. 

The donor also stated, "I chose to make this donation through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation because it, too, through its grants to schools and libraries, is working to support literacy in our area. My anonymity helps to keep the focus where it belongs, on literacy and those working tirelessly to promote it."

Such an inspiration and awe inspiring way to motivate and promote literacy.  Thank you. 

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