MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Join to Promote Literacy through Book Donations

October 19, 2017 | Press Release

MoneyGram Foundation and First Book Join to Promote Literacy through Book Donations
MoneyGram Foundation Concludes Series of Reading Celebrations in Los Angeles

Dallas, TX October 19, 2017) – MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer and payment services company, is excited to announce that the MoneyGram Foundation and U.S.-based nonprofit organization First Book concluded the multi-city Día de los Libros (Children’s Book Day) event series in Los Angeles. The program, designed to inspire a passion for reading in under-resourced neighborhoods, provided $25,500 for high-quality reading materials in schools nationwide. The series of events launched at Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School in Chicago, the second installment was held in MoneyGram’s headquarter city of Dallas at John F. Peeler Elementary School, and the final Día de los Libros event of this year was held on October 18, 2017 at Belvedere Elementary School in Los Angeles – which received a $3,500 grant to purchase books.

The interactive event featured a futbolero performance and a book reading by MoneyGram chairman, Pam Patsley. Students, and additional representatives from MoneyGram, First Book and the Los Angeles Unified School District attended, Congressman Jimmy Gomez and Field Deputy Cindy Muro of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard’s office, who provided educational materials, as well as a representative from 98 Cent and Up Outlet, MoneyGram’s friend in business.

An additional $1,500 will be given to support more Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools to purchase much-needed books to improve reading programs for students, marking the second grant the MoneyGram Foundation has awarded in Los Angeles to support literacy.

With a longstanding goal of inspiring minds at an early age, the MoneyGram Foundation believes education leads to better long-term economic opportunities, healthier families and individual freedom and empowerment – not just for individual children, 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.
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at © 2017 MoneyGram.

About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 1992 that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada, which, with more than 300,000 members, is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving kids in need. By making new, high-quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. Eligible educators, librarians, program leaders, and others serving children in need can sign up at For more information, please visit or follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact:
Michelle Buckalew

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