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Lowcountry Group Hopes to Make Money From "Cooks and Books" Event

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

Despite the cold weather chefs in the lowcountry were heating things up at the seventh annual "Cooks and Books" fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry on Sunday. The event pairs local authors and local restaurants--to create a unique experience.

"We thought, we are a literacy organization and we're non-profit so we need to make money, and what are two things that everybody loves? Eating and reading, so that's how 'Cooks and Books came about," said Ellen Walton, co-chair of the event.

Volunteers say events like this are crucial to the organization in continuing to help folks in our area learn to read, write, and speak English, among other things.

"11% of Beaufort County is illiterate, and something like 27% in Jasper County. People just don't realize there are a lot of adults that function to a degree in the world, but they really cannot read.and they're happy they have a place where they can come and not be embarrassed about it."

This is one of the organizations signature events, last year alone they raised $45,000 for Literacy Volunteers, and volunteers say what's so special about this event is that it combines food, friends,and it's for a good cause.

"It's a three-ring circus, we have 17 lowcountry authors, that are selling and autographing their books, and chatting with the patrons here, then we have 17 restaurants offering some of their best tastings, and we have an iron chef contest that is called 'the heat is on' and that's happening now, so a little something for everyone."

And it seemed like everyone was enjoying a little something.

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