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Partnership for Children fundraiser tops $35K

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SMITHFIELD — More than 200 people attended the third annual Raise the Booty fundraiser benefit auction on Oct. 27 in support of the Partnership for Children of Johnston County.

The event took place at the JCI-Hinson Building in Smithfield and grossed more than $35,000, making it the organization’s most successful event ever.

“We believe that it is incumbent upon us to improve the communities that we live in,” said Wade Corbett of Wade Group Real Estate Associates, the event’s sponsor. “We feel that there is no better way to accomplish this than to invest in our children who are the future of any community.”

Proceeds from Raise the Booty fund early literacy programs such as Reach Out and Read, which is a partnership with local pediatricians, the campaign for grade-level reading and advocating for children in Johnston County. The event offered a unique auction experience — the opportunity to purchase a Little Free Library, stocked with books, and have it dedicated in the donor’s name. Guests donated $5,750 to provide Little Free Libraries throughout Johnston County.

“What a spirited and great time raising the ‘booty’ for the Partnership’s campaign on literacy.” said Dwight Morris, Partnership for Children of Johnston County executive director. “Thank you to Corina Knott and her committee, all our sponsors and the participants for their commitment to our young children and the literacy needs in our county.”

The Partnership for Children of Johnston County is a nonprofit organization. For 20 years, it’s worked to improve the safety, health and emotional well-being of young children by enhancing the quality of child care and supporting strong families. To find out more about the agency’s programs and services, call 919-202-0002 or visit