SAN ANTONIO, TX, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 — Grande Communications is proud to partner with San Antonio City Councilman Diego Bernal to host Movie Night In The Park on Friday, February 28 at San Pedro Park (1415 San Pedro Avenue, 78212) benefiting San Antonio Youth Literacy (SAYL). The event is free and open to the public. The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with a story time reading of the Dr. Seuss classic “The Lorax” led by San Antonio Assistant Police Chief Geraldine J. Garcia, an active volunteer with the SAYL’s Reading Buddy program. Councilman Bernal will then address the crowd in advance of the screening of “The Lorax,” the 2012 film adaptation of the book, at 6:30 p.m. The event will mark the second community collaboration between Grande and the SAYL. The nonprofit was previously a grant recipient through Grande’s employee-based giving program, Grande Cares. Additionally, several Grande employees now donate their time by volunteering for the Reading Buddy program.
“Grande is honored to work with Councilman Bernal to host this fun family outing to raise awareness about the importance of literacy while showcasing the fine work that SAYL is doing in our community,” said Matt Rohre, Grande’s vice president of retail operations. “One of our goals is to bring residents back to their neighborhood parks. San Pedro Park is a San Antonio gem that we're working to make even better. Combine that with a great event, an incredibly important cause and amazing partners and you get the very best of who we are as a city,” said Councilman Bernal. SAYL is a part of San Antonio’s communitywide initiative SA2020 aimed to catalyze the city’s community into passionate, focused and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in eleven key vision areas. Movie Night in the Park is an official SA2020 event.
“SAYL is thrilled to partner with Grande Communications and Councilman Bernal. We know that both entities work hard to ensure that the San Antonio community is supported. We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to furthering literacy in our community,” said Christina Martinez-Rodriguez, SAYL’s Executive Director. The local Dunkin Donuts from 5105 Walzem Road will be handing out free hot chocolate, donut holes and coffee. The San Antonio Food Truck Association has wrangled some of the city’s best vendors to participate in the evening’s festivities. Food trucks anticipated to attend include Cheesy Jane’s, Mr. Meximum, Rickshaw Stop, KHILL BBQ Company and SaWeet Cupcakes. A portion of sales from all participating food trucks will go to the SAYL. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for an entertaining and relaxing evening under the stars.
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Grande Communications is a Texas-based broadband communications company that offers a full suite of Internet, TV and phone services for residential and business customers through its state-of-the-art, high-capacity, hybrid fiber-optic network. Since its launch 10 years ago, Grande has offered Texans a real choice in entertainment and communications services plus outstanding local customer and technical support. Grande proudly serves the following communities: Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, San Marcos, Waco, Corpus Christi, Midland and Odessa. For more information, visit mygrande.com, like Grande Communications on Facebook or follow @grandecom on Twitter. San Antonio Youth Literacy recruits, trains, and places volunteers at 65 elementary schools across San Antonio. Our SAYL Reading Buddies provide one-to-one reading assistance to elementary school children. We increase the number of children reading at grade level, while fostering their enjoyment of reading.