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Books & Beads doubles funds raised for literacy

Elaine Bruns didn’t need a gaily colored mardi gras mask to show her happiness Friday evening. She glowed while speaking of a successful activity.

Even before the second annual Mardi Gras: Books & Beads! event started at the John Miller Community Building, it had more than doubled the funds raised in 2017 to promote local literacy. As party-goers continued making donations, Bruns said more than $2,100 had been raised already.

The mardi gras party, organized by Fayette County Literacy and Education Capital, which Bruns chairs. The literacy group partnered with Altrusa International of Connersville and Fayette County Community Voices.

Proceeds will help buy new books for at least 40 chldren participating in Project Grow and for those who attend an Outdoor Education Experience at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, sponsored by the Fayette County Foundation.

Corporate sponsors displayed masks at the party. Pictures of the masks were posted on the group’s Facebook page, where viewers could “like” their favorites.

Additionally, children in The Link’s after school programs at Fayette Central, Frazee, Grandview and Maplewood made masks that were displayed in the Miller building. Altrusa furnished refreshments, including a king cake in traditional New Orleans mardi gras style.