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Submitted by Scott Pickey on Thu, 01/06/2011 - 6:44pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -Fat Tony's Italian Pub recently donated $5,000 to Cape Fear Literacy Council as a result of money raised by hosting the Wilmington Oktoberfest. The money raised will go directly towards programs at the Council which work with adults who need assistance in learning to read. "It's become very apparent that this training and outreach is needed," said Fat Tony's owner Eric Rylander. "Over the years, we've had several applicants for jobs who needed help filling out the application. Sometimes the most capable people have just never acquired good reading and writing skills, but they learn how to get by, so sometimes it's difficult to know which ones need help." "I suspect that some get help filling out their job application offsite, then bring it in on interview day," said Rylander. The Wilmington Oktoberfest is a cultural festival featuring live music with an oompah band, German food, beer, and events for the whole family. This past Oktoberfest included a parade down Racine Drive, with UNCW men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson as "Burgermeister", winding into the parking lot of Fat Tony's at the Racine Commons Shopping Center. In its 9th year, the Wilmington Oktoberfest was hosted by Fat Tony's beginning in 2009, and plans are underway for the 10th Annual festival, to be held at Racine Commons on October 14-16, 2011. Dozens of volunteers from the CFLC contributed their time to make the festival a success. Volunteers took tickets, cooked brats, swept floors and much more. “It was great to partake in such an exciting event that allowed our volunteers to enjoy themselves as well,” said Rachel Forman, Community Outreach Coordinator for the CFLC, and coordinator for all the complexities involved in scheduling such a massive volunteer effort. “Cape Fear Literacy Council is so thankful for the opportunity to participate in Oktoberfest and for the generous donation. The money will help us break the cycle of illiteracy.” Pictured on the attached photograph is Eric Rylander presenting the $5,000 check to Linda Lytvinenko, Executive Director of the Cape Fear Literacy Council.

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