Volunteer Florida and Leadership Florida Encouraging Attendees to Donate a Book at Leadership Florida’s 2016 Annual Meeting


Leadership Florida® and Volunteer Florida today announced that national best-selling author Brad Meltzer will donate books to the #BringABook service project during Leadership Florida’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Orlando. Meltzer, who is the author of ten children’s books, lives in Miami.

“Donating my books to #BringABook and knowing that they will be provided free of cost to students in need is such an honor,” said Meltzer. “It is also a way to bring a bit of light to the Orlando community as it begins to recover from the tragic events of the past two weeks.”

“Brad continues to be an extraordinary partner to Volunteer Florida and we are thrilled to have him participate in #BringABook,” said Chester Spellman, Volunteer Florida CEO. “Brad embodies the spirit of giving and we are so grateful for his generous contribution – especially at this critical time of healing, service, and coming together.”

“Brad is very special to Leadership Florida for his inspirational addresses to our membership on, What will your legacy be?, and for his and Cori’s generosity and leadership in helping to found City Year Miami,” says Wendy Walker, President of Leadership Florida. “We look forward to seeing Brad at the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting and we’re so grateful for his donation to #BringABook.”

Volunteer Florida and Leadership Florida are hosting the #BringABook service initiative in conjunction with the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting in Orlando. From Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25, Volunteer Florida and Leadership Florida will collect new or gently-used elementary school level books during the meeting. The book drive will benefit the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County. Connect Florida, a signature program of Leadership Florida, will assist Volunteer Florida with the project.

For more information on the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting, visit www.lfannualmeeting2016.org.

About Brad Meltzer:
Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and eight other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Book of Fate, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book is The House of Secrets. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors.

About Leadership Florida:
For more than 34 years, Leadership Florida has provided a non-partisan, non-parochial perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities while encouraging collaboration among the state’s leadership.

About Volunteer Florida:
Volunteer Florida is the Governor’s lead agency for volunteerism and national service in Florida, administering more than $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact national service and volunteer programs in Florida. Volunteer Florida promotes and encourages volunteerism to meet critical needs across the state. Volunteer Florida also serves as Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters.