Preakness Palooza Benefits United Way’s Imagination Library

June 3, 2016 (Salisbury, MD) - The 5th annual Preakness Palooza recently took place at Evolution Craft Brewing Company to benefit United Way’s Imagination Library program.  The event, hosted by Brad Sutliffe and Dean Goodwin of RPS ISG International, attracted over 130 attendees and highlighted 27 “Jockey” and “Thoroughbred” sponsors from area companies.   Over $11,500 was raised to distribute books to local children. 

Established in May of 2012, United Way’s Imagination Library literacy program provides free, home-delivered books to local children ages birth to five.  The event’s proceeds will supply 5,400 books to be distributed this year among the homes of 450 children in Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester Counties.   Currently, Imagination Library has over 2,350 local children enrolled, 1,305 graduates and over 70,000 books delivered to date.  

United Way Executive Director, Kathleen Mommé stated, “Our United Way and community has been blessed by the continued support of this program, and we are grateful to the Preakness Palooza organizers, sponsors and attendees for enabling us to provide these books to local at-risk children that need them the most.”

(L-R) Preakness Palooza Jockey Sponsors, Stacy and David Leone, Michelle Wilder and Nick Lawrence of BesTemps wait for their turn to “bet” on the winning horse.
(L-R) Tonney and Megan Insley, along with Amy and Brent Miller came decked out in full Preakness attire.
(L-R) Brad Sutliffe of RPS ISG, International, Kathleen Mommé of United Way and Dean Goodwin of RPS ISG, International are caught “horsing around” before the big race.