Monday, February 9, 2009

Learning Lab hosts annual Lunch for Literacy

The Learning Lab is hosting their largest annual fundraiser, Lunch for Literacy, on Thursday, February 19 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The luncheon kicks-off with a silent auction at 11 a.m. featuring copies of autographed books from well-known authors including David Sedaris, Sean Connery, Newt Gingrich, Ridley Pearson, Isabel Allende and George Foreman, among others.

The lunch and program begin at noon. Keynote speaker is Nancy Turner, award-winning author of the popular Sarah Prine series. Also speaking is Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed, a current Learning Lab student who made his way to the Treasure Valley after fleeing his home in the violence-ravaged countryside of Sudan. Mohamed will generously share the story of his journey towards literacy and talk about the Learning Lab’s impact upon his life.

Tickets are $50 for individuals and $500 for a table. The luncheon is fun, fast-paced, positive and supports a great cause – helping people who struggle with literacy. Tickets can be purchased here:

For more information, to donate to the Learning Lab, or if you're interested in sponsoring a table at the luncheon, contact Ann Heilman, Executive Director, at or 344-1335 ext. 120.

Builder mag publishes story about CBH Homes

It's always nice when a national magazine bites on a story idea. In this case, it was Builder magazine.

The Drake Cooper PR team felt that CBH Homes, the No. 1 builder in Idaho, had done a marvelous job of repositioning itself internally and externally to cope with the rapidly changing real estate market and economy in late 2007 and 2008. We thought that some of the things that CBH had done to sell homes in a very challenging market might provide ideas for other national home-builders.

We were right. Builder Senior Editor John Caufield liked our story pitch, and he did a lengthy interview with CBH principals Corey Barton and Ronda Conger last fall. The story appeared online in early January 2009.

Here's a copy of the article.

Thanks to John Caufield at Builder and CBH Homes for creating the opportunity.