Tucson Medical Center announced Sunday it will be the Tucson Festival of Books Presenting Sponsor for the next three years.
“This amazing commitment from one of our earliest corporate supporters will help assure that the Festival of Books can continue to bring many of the world’s greatest writers to Tucson every year and to support local literacy efforts with proceeds,” said Bruce Beach, one of the Festival’s founders, at the Festival Prologue event at the University of Arizona.
The Prologue event also included the symbolic presentation of a check for $195,000 from the Festival to Literacy Connects, Reading Seed and University of Arizona Literacy Outreach programs. The Festival has donated more than $1.4 million to local literacy providers since 2009.
“Literacy is a key factor for an individual’s lifelong health and wellness,” said Julia Strange, TMC’s vice president, community benefit. “Literacy supports economic stability, which is strongly correlated with physical health. And from a healthcare perspective, it is absolutely critical in understanding health information, whether it’s how to take your prescription or whether you should fast before your next lab test.
“The Festival of Books celebrates reading and supports literacy. As Tucson’s community hospital and one of the Festival’s original sponsors, we have embraced that mission and are very pleased to extend that support as a presenting sponsor for the next three years.”
Tucson Medical Center has been Tucson’s locally governed nonprofit regional hospital for more than 70 years. It is a leading provider in Southern Arizona for emergency and pediatric care, as well as other specialty areas from maternity services to cardiac, orthopaedic and surgical care.
The Tucson Festival of Books is a weekend celebration of reading and writing held on the University of Arizona Mall, that features author and illustrator presentations, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on activities. The 2017 Festival of Books is March 11-12.