Widener Students Add Creative Touch to Local Fundraiser

Each year, the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) celebrates its Champions of Adult Literacy fundraising event at Harrah’s Racetrack and Casino in Chester. At the fifth annual fundraiser on Oct. 25, a short film by Widener Communications students Danielle Cardona ’18 and Logan Welch ’18 will be featured.

Founded in 1975, the DCLC offers free one-on-one tutoring and instruction in reading, writing, math, GED preparation and ESL. DCLC’s programs are free to local adults and are available through the generosity of a countywide network of volunteers. The DCLC is located right up the street from Widener on Providence Avenue and works closely with the university.

The annual fundraiser honors community members who champion literacy, and who support the Literacy Council’s efforts to provide free services to adults who are improving their basic skills, preparing for their high school equivalency (GED) or learning English as a Second Language. This year the event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m

Award-winning filmmaker Jamal Hill

Filmmaker Jamal Hill will be honored as a Local Hero Champion. Hill is a successful filmmaker who has worked with Will Smith and who wrote and directed Brotherly Love, a movie produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment.

Hill grew up in Darby PA and attended Penn Wood High School in Delaware County. He will share his thoughts on the role of literacy in his work and will try to encourage and inspire DCLC’s adult students with his personal story of dedication and hard work.

Harrah’s will be honored as a Community Champion for its ongoing support of the Literacy Council. Harrah’s has collaborated with DCLC on workplace literacy projects, and Harrah’s has also made generous donations of time and money to help the Literacy Council as it serves local adults improving their literacy skills.

Widener students Danielle Cardona and Logan Welch will have a hand in the celebration of the third Champion, Kevin Morgan, who will be honored as the Student Champion. Morgan earned his GED in 2013 with the help of the Literacy Council. He continues to improve his life through his work and his community involvement. To tell Kevin’s unique story, senior Widener Communications students Cardona and Welch agreed to make a short film about him.

Cardona and Welch signed on to the project in April, when Associate Professor of Communications Studies and Digital Media Informatics Amy Franzini contacted communications students about the opportunity to work with the DCLC.

“Danielle and Logan were the first to respond,” Franzini explained. The department is proud of the work they’ve done. “Helping students get real-life work experience and giving back to the community are both important parts of what our department here at Widener does.”

The two budding filmmakers volunteered their own time and talent to learn about Kevin, to interview him extensively and to film him—both at the Literacy Council in Chester and at his job at the Courtyard Marriott at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The short film they created will help introduce Kevin when he is honored on Oct. 25.

The Fifth Annual Champions of Adult Literacy Fundraiser will be held at the Block Entertainment Center in Harrah’s Casino in Chester. The event will include light refreshments and a Friendly Quizzo Competition. Tickets are $35 and are available at http://bit.ly/2017DCLC-ChampionTix or at the door.

For more information, call 610-876-4811 or visit www.delcoliteracy.org.

For more information about DCLC or about becoming a volunteer, visit www.delcoliteracy.org.

Check out the trailer for Hill’s 2015 film Brotherly Love below:

Trailer from Movieclips Trailers Youtube

By: Susan Keller

Susan Keller is the Communications and Technology Specialist at the Delaware County Literacy Council.

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