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Preface Raises Over $34,000 During Inaugural (Socially Distant) Anniversary Gala

Preface Chief Operational Liaison, LTJG David Via, scans the temperature of a guest as Founder & Executive Director, Jonathan "JT" Wu, looks on.

Preface Founder & Executive Director, Jonathan "JT" Wu, and 2020 Legacy Award Honoree, Assistant Principal Cindy Moffett, at the 2020 Preface Anniversary Gala.


Preface celebrated one year of raising literacy standards and empowering communities across the country during its Inaugural (Socially Distant) Anniversary Gala, rescheduled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA. – Even in the midst of global uncertainty, Preface’s groundbreaking model of early childhood literacy education made history this month, celebrating its inaugural year promoting equity through education – with a multilingual twist. Shattering fundraising goals by over 520% during its completely socially distant evening of social impact, Preface raised over $34,000 in literacy funds to be invested in the next generation.

Highlighting the evening was a keynote speech by Preface partner and Inaugural Legacy Award recipient, Assistant Principal Cindy Moffett of Berkmar High School. The Preface Legacy Award, conferred annually by the Preface Board of Directors and bestowed unanimously on Assistant Principal Moffett in 2020, honors an instrumental educational partner in the life of Preface and its mission.

In her remarks, Moffett highlighted the incredible impact and results that the Preface model had on her home community in Gwinnett County, stating, “At our school, we have over 80 countries represented in our population alone. In Lilburn Elementary School, upwards of 75% of its students are English Language Learners…. We were so very pleased with the work that Preface was able to do…. bar-none, the best that we have encountered.”

Preface Founder & Executive Director, Jonathan “JT” Wu, congratulated Moffett on her incredible achievements and thanked all present, both in-person and virtually, for their continued support of the next generation. Wu added that Preface was excited to continue building on the momentum of Preface’s inaugural pilot programs in Georgia as it looks to ramp up partnerships for the upcoming school year in 6 new states across America.

Thanks to Preface’s generous sponsors, including Presenting Crystal Sponsor, Earth Baby, Platinum Sponsors, Shannon and Greg Anderson of GetConnect, and Gold Sponsors like Northwestern Mutual and Billy Ray’s, the impacts and investments made during the 2020 Inaugural Anniversary Gala will provide rocket-fuel to help support continued expansion and empowerment of the next generation.

Photo and video highlights from Preface’s 2020 Anniversary Gala are available for viewing here.

About Preface:

Founded in 2019, Preface is a public-private philanthropic initiative dedicated to fostering early childhood literacy… with a multilingual twist! Partnering with educators and community leaders, Preface empowers local high schoolers to give back to their communities and bridge opportunity gaps by fostering literacy among young emerging bilingual students. A federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization, Preface is proudly headquartered in Gwinnett County, Georgia. and serves communities across America Learn more at

For further inquiries, contact:

Jonathan “JT” Wu

Founder & Executive Director

Devon Naftzger

Chief Marketing Officer




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