Sponsors announced for Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival
GREENSBORO, NC (April 24, 2018) – Greensboro Literary Organization is pleased to announce the leadership sponsors for Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival, to be held May 18-20 in downtown Greensboro.
The Angel Investor is the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation. Edward M. Armfield, Sr. was a native of Asheboro and lived in Greensboro until his death in 1999. He was the founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Armtex, Inc., a textile company based in Surry County, and at the time of his death he owned and operated TWP, Inc., a textile brokerage firm. The foundation that bears his name was organized in 1999 to make grants in Surry, Randolph and Guilford counties, focused primarily on education. According to Executive Director, Mindy Oakley, “The Armfield Foundation is so proud to invest in this inaugural year of Greensboro Bound. We are excited to see our community come together around our shared love of books and authors, and look forward to the conversations, ideas and vision that this festival will spark. We are grateful to the hard work of the Greensboro Bound team and its many volunteers.”
Other foundations supporting Greensboro Bound in a leadership role are the Michel Family Foundation and the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation.
The Michel Family Foundation is a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Established by Marge and Jake Michel who were both educators, the foundation is now guided by their children. Marge once said about the setting up of the foundation, “we felt like we owed it to humanity and we didn’t realize we would get the joy out of it that we have received”.
Born of the vision, foresight and generosity of Sigmund Sternberger, the Tannenbaum- Sternberger Foundation, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Guilford County, North Carolina. The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, Inc., originally known as the Sigmund Sternberger Foundation, was established by Sigmund Sternberger in 1955 to honor his parents, Herman and Elizabeth Sternberger. He was a generous man, whose desire was that the Foundation he established would enrich the lives of residents of Guilford County. At his death in 1964, he was survived by his sister, Mrs. Rosa S. Williams, and by his niece, Mrs. Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum, both of whom provided strong and thoughtful leadership to the Foundation for so long as they lived. Along with other Directors, Leah Tannenbaum’s four children now continue the family’s leadership of the Foundation by serving on the Foundation Board.
The Greensboro News & Record is providing dedicated advertising to promote the event. A May 2017 meeting between Daniel Finnegan, Publisher and Executive Editor, and Greensboro Bound organizers led to the sponsorship. Mr. Finnegan, familiar with literary festivals in Virginia, felt this was a solid investment for the News & Record.
These leadership sponsors are joined by many others, who are pleased to help bring more than 70 authors from across the country for 3 days of free lectures, panel discussions, and workshops to the community in a variety of genres. The community support for this inaugural event has been overwhelming and is exemplified by these leadership gifts that are making it possible.
About Greensboro Bound
Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival celebrates diverse voices from around the world, honors North Carolina’s long and varied literary traditions, and welcomes an inclusive community of readers from Greensboro and beyond. Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival will bring outstanding writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, young-adult and children’s books to our community and into our schools. It will encourage committed readers to further engage with literature and spark new enthusiasm for reading among beginners. By promoting reading and civil public discussion, the Festival will bridge social and cultural divides across our city and region. Greensboro Bound will foster an understanding of writing as a process that allows free expression, deepens critical thought, and helps sustain a culture of inquiry and delight that is open to all. For more information, please visit www.greensborobound.com