BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSONCOMMUNITY EDITOR
What began Tethered by Letters is now Brink Literacy Project. Founder Dani Hedlund (who is passionate about literacy and had her own novel published when she was 18 years old) promised a night of stories and intrigue to support literacy programs in Colorado. The nonprofit’s 2019 Novel Gala with a masquerade theme was held at the Brown Palace Hotel.The Novel Philanthropic Award was presented to the Daniels Fund, a private charitable foundation established by the late cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, which is dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarships and ethics initiative. Daniels Fund President and CEO, Linda Childears accepted the award. Brink had an amazing year in 2018 according to Hedlund. Four courses of the Frames Prison Program were taught to 52 students at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Three journals were printed, publishing 53 writers from seven countries and 16 states. A new education initiative was launched for low-literacy youth and a beautiful new website was created and of course, the name change. Funds raised at the Novel Gala allow for expansion of programs for promoting literacy and storytelling in underserved communities across Colorado.
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