Kiss The Pig For Literacy Campaign

We’re Going Virtual!

“Kiss the Pig” is our annual fundraising campaign and the greatest source of operating funds we generate. In the past, members of the community managed a six-week campaign for literacy and compete with other candidates for the honor of kissing a live pig at the campaign finale.

THIS YEAR we are deciding to do things virtually until we can return to an in-person event.

During the ONE WEEK 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 (virtual) pig!

The finale this year will be in the form of a Zoom meeting and social announcements. We are so grateful for our candidates this year helping us to improve the literacy rate in Polk County as we go through such an unprecedented time!

2021 Kiss the Pig Candidates

Team Publix
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Brad Slocum
Lockheed Martin
Victoria Martin
Parkway Parking
Principals Tom Patton & Art Martinez
George Jenkins & Lakeland Senior High Schools
Trey Harden & Jack Lowman
The Lakeland Rotary Club
Southeastern University Team
Dax Gingras
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Beth Hesseltine
READ Lakeland - Executive Director
Sue Hawthorne
READ Lakeland - Secretary
Michelle Hinds
READ Lakeland - President
Bethany Reycraft
READ Lakeland - Past President
Lisa Gifford
READ Lakeland - Treasurer
Eric Powell
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Rob Westlake
READ Lakeland - Treasurer
Scott Reed
READ Lakeland - Vice President
Dr. Amy Bratten
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Anne-Marie Wendel
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Mary Wendel
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Amanda Dunyk
READ Lakeland - Board Member
Bonnie Edwards
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Diane Oropeza
READ Lakeland - Program Coordinator
Megan Lewman
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Whitney Trout
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Jenny Reed
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Jay Geary
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Lisa Martin
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Leslie Allore
READ Lakeland - Advisory Board
Gwen Allen

Past Kiss The Pig BBQ Finale Photos

Thank You

Over $31,000 was raised during our Kiss The Pig FUNdraising event for READ Lakeland. Thank you 2019 candidates, sponsors, campaign teams and volunteers for your unwavering support to help us raise funds.

Congratulations to our winner Kim Brunson, of Publix Super Markets, Inc. We loved seeing you Kiss the Pig!

We are so grateful for the community support that we have received. Our adult learners will benefit greatly from the accomplishments of our candidates and the generosity of our sponsors.

Thank you for another great Kiss the Pig Event!

Hall Of Fame

Kim Brunson
Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Scott Reed
Pilka Assoc., P.A.

Dr, Steven Achinger
Watson Clinic

Anne-Marie Wendel
Lockheed Martin

John Hill
Polk County School Board Deputy Superintendent

Dan Thumberg
Swan Brewing

Taunya Cordova
RP Funding Center

Sueellen Williams
Central Florida Athletics Booster Club


Nanci Puri
Polk County School Board

Scott Cox
Social Reach Agency

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

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