It may seem corny, but there is something heartwarming about seeing a large part of the community gathering to support a single cause. In 2014, Garner residents were big boosters of the movement to win All-America City status. That year and in years prior – and in years since, including this year – the business community has put its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting education.
The Garner Education Foundation’s Cooks for Books raised over $10,000 to support that organization’s mission and they found a way to make raising money fun again.
The Cooks for Books event is unique among fundraisers. It’s not a golf tournament. It’s not candy bars or fruit. It’s not a barbecue plate sale. Nice as those kinds of thing are, they are also a dime a dozen. GEF has a proven track record for involving the business community and they have responded.
Business people could hardly be blamed for putting their work before their community spirit. Times are tough and business is always competitive. If businesses let off the gas pedal for too long, they might not be in business for much longer.
But these folks understand the value of a strong education and they understand the vital role the Garner Education Foundation plays in helping build stronger schools and better educated young people.
Simply put, that leaves a warm place in our hearts.