2019 Feuerstein Series to Feature R.J. Palacio

August 15, 2019

For immediate release

For more information, contact Tracy Hlavacek at 882-5284, Ext. 292; Alison Gilbertson at 882-7631

WATERTOWN, SD – The Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation and the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation are excited to jointly host the 2019 Feuerstein Series event and celebrate its 20year anniversary. The featured presenter/lecturer will be the inspiring author, graphic designer, artist and speaker R. J. Palacio. Palacio took the children’s literature world by storm with the publication of her debut novel, Wonder, a #1 New York Times best seller that has sold over 1 million copies in North American. The Feuerstein Series event will take place on Tuesday, October 15 at the Student Center at Lake Area Technical Institute, 1201 Arrow Avenue, Watertown, SD.

R. J. Palacio was an art director and graphic designer for more than 20 years, while waiting for the perfect time to start writing her own novel. When she had a chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store, she realized the time had come to tell Auggie’s story through the well-known book Wonder.

In the spring of 2012, Wonder inspired a movement based on the importance of empathy and acceptance known as Choose Kind. Wonder has been the recipient of numerous starred reviews, awards and accolades. Wonder was adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay in 2017. Palacio travels the country speaking about the novel that has inspired countless children, educators and families. Those attending Palacio’s presentation, titled Choosing Kind/Wonder of Wonder, will leave determined to embrace the book’s theme of choosing kindness in their lives.

Palacio’s next book, the graphic novel White Bird, brings the world of Wonder to a new and thrilling format and is set to be released on October 1, 2019. This book is available for purchase through the Feuerstein event registration process.

A VIP Private Reception will be held for event sponsors from 5:30 – 6:30pm and the public event will be held from 7:00 – 8:00pm, with a book signing following the event. Early bird tickets are on sale from August 26 through October 4 for $45 each, or $35 each for a group of 10 or more (paid at the same time). If tickets remain after October 4, tickets will be $55 each with no group rates available.

Tickets will not be sold for the session at the door the night of the event.

Event cash sponsorships are being sought to support the event:

$5,000 Platinum Sponsor:  includes business recognition at the event and in promotional materials, access for 12 guests to the VIP Private Reception, complimentary premier seating for 12 guests at the public event, complimentary newly released book, White Bird, by R.J. Palacio for 12 guests;

$3,000 Gold Sponsor: includes recognition at the event and in promotional materials, access for 8 guests to the VIP Private Reception,  complimentary reserved seats for 8 guests at the public event, complimentary newly released book, White Bird, by R. J. Palacio for 8 guests;

$1,000 Silver Sponsor: includes recognition at event, access for 5 guests to the VIP Private Reception; complimentary seating for 5 guests at the public event and complimentary newly released book, White Bird, by R. J. Palacio for 5 guests.

Tickets will be available August 26 online at www.lakeareatech.edu or www.prairielakes.com or by calling the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation at 882-5284, Ext. 292 or the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at 882-7631.

For questions about the event contact the Lake Area Technical Institute Foundation at 882-5284, Ext. 292 or the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation at 882-7631.