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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.

Thank You

Over $30,000 was raised during our Kiss The Pig FUNdraising event for READ Lakeland. Thank you 2017 candidates, sponsors, campaign teams and volunteers for your unwavering support to help us raise funds.

Congratulations to our winners Katherine Fitzwater and Nancy Carter, of Curious Jane. 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

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