Kiss The Pig For Literacy Campaign

“Kiss the Pig” is our annual fundraising campaign and the greatest source of operating funds we generate. Each year, members of the community manage a six-week campaign for literacy and compete with other candidates for the honor of kissing a live pig at the campaign finale. During the campaign, candidates raise awareness for adult literacy as they collect “votes” from their family, friends, and colleagues. Each vote is $1 and the candidate with the most votes the night of the finale wins the honor of kissing the pig! The finale event includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment as we honor our candidates and partners. It is a fun and exciting evening for all as the final votes are cast and counted, and the winner is announced. Anyone making a $50 or greater contribution to a candidate’s campaign is invited to attend.

Swine & Peck Soiree

Kiss the Pig Kick-Off

Thursday, February 28th | 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Grand Smooch Finale

BBQ Dinner & Winner Announced

Thursday, April 25th | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

2019 Kiss The Pig Candidates

Click on your candidate to vote! 

If you would like to purchase tickets for the BBQ Finale Dinner, please pick a candidate below and donate your ticket cost to that candidate

John Hill
Polk County Deputy Superintendent
Dan Thumberg
Swan Brewing
Taunya Cordova
RP Funding Center
Sueellen Williams
Central Florida Athletics
Scott Reed
Pilka & Assoc., P.A.
Anne-Marie Wendel
Lockheed Martin
Kim Brunson
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Dr. Steven Achinger
Watson Clinic
Scott Cox
Social Reach Agency
Nanci Puri
Polk County School Board

Past Kiss The Pig BBQ Finale Photos

Hall Of Fame

Ava & Caroline Carter 
Harrison School for the Arts

Dr. Marc Hutek
Polk County School Board Deputy Superintendent – Acting

Shirley Balough
Alliance for Independence

Lisa Gifford
Hall Communications

Jason Todd
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Sean Harper
Harper Little Construction / Webpro Realty

Kim Little
Cross Wired Electric

Captain Matt Brown & Hans Lehman
Lakeland Fire Department & Lakeland Police Department

Dan Rich
Clark, Cambell, Lancaster & Munson, P.A.

Jason Ellis, Corey Ripley, Conn O’Leary
Cob & Pen

Sarah & Josh Breed
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce & Southeastern University

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Katherine Fitzwater and Nancy Carter 
Curious Jane

Hilary Crenshaw and Rachel Hollis

David Blizzard
Blizzard Investments

Maggie Sanders-Millers and Billy Townsend
Kudar Career Planning Systems & Polk County School Board

Eric Powell
Thrivent Finacial

Chase Sellmeyer
Kanga Marketing

Sarah Keener
Keener Builders

Colton Williams
Badcoock Home Furniture & More

Kim Hancock and Nikki Hunt
Rafa Natural with Scout & Tag

Michael Carter
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Ashley Bell Barnett

Frank and Brandy Landsford
Payne Air Conditioning

Lee Faneca and Emily Vickers
W.S. Badcock Corporation

Dax Gingras
Polk County Schools, Retired

Ryan Lewman
Lewman Electric

Misty Peacock
MidFlorida Credit Union

Jack Strollo
Broadway Realty

Teresa Olinger
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Casey Herring Andrews
Waller Commercial Realty

Ben Badcock, Jr.
Badcock & More Home Furniture

Stephanie Colon
Community Southern Bank

Michelle Maenza Hinds
97 Country/Max 98.3/1230am/Talk 1430

Brad Lunz
Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects

Amy Salley

Nick Toadvine
Guardian Wealth Management

Chad Ward
Whiskey Bent Bbq Supply

Laura Pinner
Wex rapid! Pay Card

Sharon Casey
Community Southern Bank

Chrissy Catlin
Alpha Delta Pi Sorority

Greta Dupuy
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Steve Hamic
Hamic Jones Hamic & Sturwold, P.A.

Mandy Middleton & Amanda Hermann
Hattie’s Branches Boutique

Natalie Oldenkamp
Realty World Homes of Distinction

Curt Patterson
Patterson Publishing/The Lakelander

Lauren Sanders
CBC Saunders Ralston Dantzler Realty

Rebecca Wroten
Haka Fitness

Carolyn Nance & Houghton Parry
Parry Landscaping

Debbie Allen
Web Pro Realty

Scott Brickhouse

Lori Garrard
Grace Manor Assisted Living

Ernie B. Ivey
Polk State College

Ernest L. Joe, Jr.
Polk County Schools

Susan Toadvine
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Karen Schick, MD
Karen B. Schick, MD Pediatrics

Robert Stanz
Robert J. Stanz, P.A.


Brant Martin & Ansley Martin

Jefferson-Allsopp, Inc

Bob Draper & Jim Roberts

Bob English
County Commissioner

Craig B. Hill
Law Office of Craig B. Hill

Dr. Herman Matallana
Family Care ENT and Allergy

Ana Rivera
Puerto Rican/Hispanic COC Polk County

Lana Swartzwelder
St. Joseph’s Academy

Dr. Elisabeth DuPont
Watson Clinic Women’s Center

Roi Cornish
Proud Gator

John Small
Polk County School Board

Joe G. Tedder
Tax Collector for Polk County

Jeanette Wallace
MidFlorida Credit Union

Frank Buzzanca
CF Industries

Loretta Cameron

Stacy Campbell-Domineck
Polk Works

Michael Folsom
Folsom Construction

Stan Piotrowski
Watson Clinic, LLP

Anu Saxena
ASG Geosciences, Inc.

Don Selvage
SHR Human Resources, LLC

Regis Foster

Keith Albritton
Allen & Company, Inc.

Hunt Berryman

Alyce Badcock
Learning Resource Center

Sonji Coney
Coney Funeral Services

Jay Geary
Ross Vecchio, P.A.

Annette Miller
Sylvan Learning Center

Frank O’Reilly
Coldwell Banker, PCSB

Phillip Walker
Allstate Insurance

Regis Foster

Gow Fields
Fields Motor Cars

Theresa Martinez
Institute of Spanish Communications

Chris McLaughlin
Keller Williams Realty

Bill Mutz
Lakeland Automall

Sherrie Nichol
Polk County Schools

Debra Wright
EMJ Professional Productions, LLC