‘Mariah’s Blue Hat Campaign’ by KPMG Kicks Off with Library Refurbishment and Book Donations
KPMG LLP, the US audit, tax, and advisory firm confirmed that Mariah Stackhouse – professional golfer and Metro Atlanta resident – is joining the “Blue for Books” program, the firm’s nationwide charitable initiative that puts thousands of books into the hands of children in need through the sale of blue KPMG golf hats, just like the KPMG hat that Stackhouse will wear on the LPGA Tour.
The campaign will provide Thomasville Heights elementary School new furniture, repaint the library, reorganise its bookshelves, and stock them with over 600 brand new books provided through KPMG’s Family for Literacy program. The firm also will distribute more than 1,300 new books to the school’s 450 students to take home.
“We are proud to have Mariah Stackhouse join KPMG’s Family for Literacy program to help us benefit the lives of more children,” said Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP. “It’s our mission to improve childhood literacy in America by providing access to new books.”
“Research shows that most of the academic achievement gap in high school is already visible in kindergarten,” said McGuirt, Office Managing Partner for KPMG’s Atlanta office. “And it shows that kids from low-education families can do as well as children from high-education families if they have access to books at home and as well as at school.” Part of the Carver Cluster Area Schools, Thomasville Heights Elementary is among the least supported and most in need in the Atlanta area.
Stackhouse adds, “I’m very excited about joining KPMG’s Blue for Books program and contributing to KPMG’s Family for Literacy initiative—especially starting out right here in my hometown of Atlanta. I’m passionate about giving kids every chance to succeed in life, and the ability to read is so crucial to making that possible.”
Since 2008, KPMG has delivered 2.9 million new books to children across the country, in cooperation with First Book, an award-winning nonprofit.
Stackhouse’s authentic blue golf hats that she will wear in competition are now available to the public at KPMG.com/Mariah. This year marks the five-year anniversary of Blue for Books, during which time the program has refurbished nine libraries and donated over 173,000 books through blue hat sales.