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Hearts Beat as One Foundation, Smart Start of Mecklenburg County to Bring Dolly Parton Imagination Library to Charlotte


Charlotte, NC, January 04, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The Hearts Beat as One Foundation and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County today announced a new partnership to bring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to the Charlotte community. Hearts Beat as One has pledged to raise over $300,000 to launch the program, which will be administered locally by Smart Start staff. The initial phase of this pledge has secured go-ahead funding to provide enrollment for all 2015 newborns in the 28205 zip code.

The partnership brings together two multi-faceted organizations to implement and expand proven initiatives to support the advancement of child literacy in Charlotte. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the first of such initiatives, was created by Dolly Parton as a part of the Dollywood Foundation. The Library mails one book per month to each child enrolled from birth until age five.

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is currently provided in over 1,600 communities to almost 700,000 children across the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and delivers over 8.3 million free books per year. Following in the footsteps of several successful Imagination Library campaigns in North Carolina, The Hearts Beat as One partnership with Smart Start marks the Library’s first presence here in Charlotte.

“We are excited to bring a wonderful, well-known program to our city,” said Joe Davis, Chairman/Director of the Hearts Beat as One Foundation. “This partnership carries two amazing missions forward. We are proud to stand with Smart Start to continue their work to improve the critical first 2,000 days of life for our local children. As a new Charlotte non-profit, this partnership also allows us to build on our first-year accomplishments in 2014 and work toward an even brighter 2015.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to forge new partnerships and to provide early literacy initiatives and awareness to families with young children who are at risk,” said Jane Meyer, executive director of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County.

Launching the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with Smart Start is part of a larger mission for the Hearts Beat as One Foundation. Incorporating this initiative as part of its Education & Employment tenet, the organization takes a step toward establishing a strong presence in each of its seven core focus areas.

The Hearts Beat as One Foundation and Smart Start of Mecklenburg County are also joined by key community partners to launch the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Charlotte: Levine Children’s Hospital, Novant Health, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NoDa Brewing Company, and Truliant Federal Credit Union.

Please visit www.heartsbeatone.org for more information on how you can participate.

About the Hearts Beat as One Foundation
Started in April 2014, the Hearts Beat as One is a new non-profit and community-driven organization that is striving to raise funds and awareness for organizations and people based in and around the Queen City. Through exciting and fun events, this foundation represents a diverse and talented combination of individuals who are coming together for the betterment of our entire city-wide community. Hearts Beat As One Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. A portion, if not all, of your tangible donations may be tax deductible. Please consult your financial advisor for more information. Please visit us on the web at www.heartsbeatone.org.

About Smart Start
Smart Start, a network of nonprofit local partnerships led by The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. (NCPC), creates innovative solutions to measurably increase learning and the healthy development of children birth to five. Smart Start gives local communities the freedom and responsibility to determine how to increase the health, well-being and development of their children based on the needs and resources of their local communities. NCPC establishes measurable statewide goals and communities determine the best approach to achieving them. For more information, visit www.smartstart.org.

Media Contacts
Hearts Beat as One Foundation
Joe Davis, Foundation Chairman/Director, (205) 222-0033, director@heartsbeatone.org
Suzie Ford, Director of Public Relations, (704) 451-1394, suzie@nodabrewing.com
Smart Start of Mecklenburg County
Jennifer Taylor, Public Education Manager, (704) 943-9412, jtaylor@smartstartofmeck.org
Contact Information
Hearts Beat As One
Joe Davis
888-349-5558
Contact
www.heartsbeatone.org

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