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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Knowing how to read is a treasure

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The deadline is fast approaching to reserve tickets to a worthy cause to support literacy education in southwestern Pennsylvania, and also get a chance to win the fancy treasure chest, shown above.

The Washington County Literacy Council will auction the chest featuring a 67-inch strand of new cultured pearls, and also have plenty of raffle items at its annual Mardi Gras dinner and fundraiser March 5 at Jeremiah's Reception and Conference Center in Washington, Pa.

"It's a huge hit with all of our guests," said Amy Manko, executive director of the literacy council, discussing the chest provided by an anonymous donor. "It's just full of treasures."

She needs to know by Tuesday (March 1) if you are coming to the party, where Cajun-Creole food will be served, a king and queen will be crowned and the popular Pittsburgh Zydeco band, Mon Gumbo, will perform. The proceeds benefit the council's efforts to teach adults how to read, a skill that can help them find jobs.

Reservations or donations can be made by calling 724-228-6188. The council also has a website and Facebook page.

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