MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Bring Celebration of Literacy to Miami

MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Bring Celebration of Literacy to Miami

Multi-city event celebrates Día de los Libros and inspires reading through book donations


MIAMI, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a leading global money transfer and payment services company, is excited to announce the MoneyGram Foundation and U.S.-based nonprofit organization First Book presented a $2000 grant to Henry M. Flagler Elementary School for the purchase of books. The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of Dìa de los Libros. It was part of a summer-long program designed to inspire reading that includes the donation of $20,000 for books in schools nationwide.

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“We know the significant impact educational literature can have on a child’s life, and we’re partnering with First Book to not only provide learning resources, but also to encourage a passion for reading by celebrating Dìa de los Libros with students in Miami,” said Pamela H. Patsley, MoneyGram’s executive chairman. “The MoneyGram Foundation was designed to inspire minds and improve lives, and we’re working toward this goal across the U.S. It’s exciting to see firsthand the impact we are having on communities in need.”

The event, held at Henry M. Flagler Elementary School, included students, members of the community, and representatives from the MoneyGram Foundation and First Book. Educational materials were donated by Market Logic. Additionally, a futbolero entertained students by performing soccer tricks and teaching a short soccer clinic.

“Children in many U.S. communities are at a disadvantage due to a lack of high-quality reading materials, and we’re excited to be collaborating with the MoneyGram Foundation in an effort to close this gap,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “First Book has already donated more than 145 million free and low-cost books in North America, but there are more in need, and every book donation helps.”

Miami is the third stop on the summer-long program tour hosted by the MoneyGram Foundation and First Book. A similar event will be held in New York later this year, and the MoneyGram Foundation plans to bring the program to additional U.S. cities – and also to other countries. With a platform of inspiring young minds at an early age, the MoneyGram Foundation believes that education leads to better long-term economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment – not just for the individual child, but also for entire families and their communities.

About MoneyGram Foundation
MoneyGram established the MoneyGram Foundation in 2012 to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. Its mission is firmly rooted in the belief that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment. The MoneyGram Foundation is focused on inspiring minds and improving lives and grants funds to deserving organizations with this mission in mind. To learn more, please visit or connect with us on Facebook.

About MoneyGram International, Inc.

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About First Book

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 140 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis to its network of educators and program leaders, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit or follow the latest news on Facebook or Twitter.

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MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Bring Celebration of Literacy to Miami