It’s not every day we get to celebrate a great cause AND rub shoulders with celebrities, but on May 24, the Brilliant Ink team got to do a little bit of both. We were proud to be a corporate sponsor of 826 Valencia’s annual fundraiser, which was held in San Francisco and attended by hundreds of their supporters and friends. You may remember that we’ve written about 826 Valencia before – they’re a nonprofit that teaches kids literacy and writing skills. The organization was founded by one of my favorite authors, Dave Eggers, so you can imagine how excited I was when we actually got to meet Dave at the fundraiser. And while I don’t have any photographic proof of that meeting, I most certainly do have proof of another celebrity encounter – with featured guest speaker James Franco, talented actor and star of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Freaks and Geeks. Yes, that show has been off the air for years, but James has been busy with plenty of other things, such as co-starring in Milk with Sean Penn, and most recently, pursuing his MFA in literature at Columbia University.
Celebrity encounters aside, it was thrilling to be in a room with hundreds of other people who share a passion for literacy and education, and who are committed to helping young people find joy in the power of words. We all left the room feeling infinitely more inspired than when we arrived.
Thanks to the clients and friends who attended the event with us. If you’d like to learn more about 826 Valencia, you can check them out online at www.826valencia.org.