By Laura Catoe
Times Staff Writer
Published: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 4:17 p.m.
Last week's fifth annual Girlfriend Gala netted $34,000 to promote childhood literacy in Etowah County.
The gala is a fundraiser for United Way Success By 6 and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Through the Imagination Library, every child in Etowah County, ages birth to 5, is eligible to receive one book a month.
According to Tracey Webb, Success By 6 program director, the funds raised at the gala will provide 971 children with 11,772 books during the next year.
Nearly 600 women attended this year's gala. There were 74 elaborately decorated tables and 80 volunteers. Floral artist Benny Campbell was this year's master of ceremonies.
The theme was "Fabulous in the French Quarter," and the evening ended with a parade led by a jazz band winding its way through the tables as gala participants joined in.
"I hope everyone had a great time," Webb said, "food, good fun and good girlfriends."
Webb asks anyone who would like to be involved with 2011's gala to call Success By 6 at 256-547-2581. The contact number is the same for anyone who knows a child to be enrolled in the Imagination Library.
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