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'FAMILIES AND LIBRARY FUN' RECEIVES $10,000 FROM ABC NEWSCHANNEL 20 AND “OPRAH’S BIG GIVE"

April 28, 2008

ABC AND “OPRAH’S BIG GIVE" GIVE ABC NEWSCHANNEL 20 $10,000 TO CHALLENGE US TO GIVE BIG AND GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY BY HANDING OVER COLD HARD CASH

In the spirit of the inspiring new reality series “Oprah’s Big Give”, ABC is handing over $10,000 to ABC NewsChannel 20 to give big in Central Illinois. The goal of the promotion is to help ABC NewsChannel 20 do something big with the money, make it grow, and pay it forward to their community. The money raised from the promotion will be given to 'Families and Library Fun,' a program through VIA/Literacy to help local families grow together through reading.

To get in the spirit of how this promotion will work, viewers can tune into “Oprah’s Big Give” Sundays at 8 P.M. on ABC NewsChannel 20. Then, every Sunday through April 20th viewers can watch ABC NewsChannel 20 Nightside for an update on how the money is helping the VIA/Literacy program and its families grow. Viewers will see how learning to read is helping these families overcome many obstacles, leading to richer, fuller lives. Each week, viewers will be called to act. There are many ways they can reach out, including volunteering, donating money, donating books, etc. The possibilities are endless. After hearing these incredible stories, ABC NewsChannel 20 hopes everyone will be left with the desire to reach out and help the VIA/Literacy program and the families succeed beyond the expected goals.

About 'Families and Library Fun'

The 'Families and Library Fun' program receives grant funds from the Secretary of State Literacy Office to cover the most basic of operating costs. Fundraising dollars along with donations are critical in order to cover the cost of books; student transportation; and food for the parent and child together activities.

For more information about the VIA/Literacy program, how to give to 'Families and Library Fun', or how to become a literacy volunteer please contact Bonnie Roberts, Program Coordinator, at 525-3025 or email her at bonrob@springfield.k12.il.us. The VIA/Literacy program is located in the Lawrence Education Center.