An Evening of Stories and Inspiration

"Reading Between the Lines" is an event that celebrates the power of literacy and raises funds for the Marion County Literacy Council. This event will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2023 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will feature a lineup of inspiring speakers who will share their stories on the subjects of Stories of Transformation, The Importance of Access to Education, The Role of Literacy in Building Strong Communities, and The Impact of Literacy on our Lives.


DLM Foundation & Arts in Health Ocala Metro

DLM Arts & Education Foundation is highlighting Arts in Health Ocala Metro:

"Arts in Health Ocala Metro (AIHOM) is a non-profit organization that connects art and healing. Our practice includes music, dance, performing and visual arts led by artists who serve our community through participant-led art-making." LEARN MORE

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Marion County Literacy Council

The Marion County Literacy Council enriches quality of life for adults in Ocala and Marion County by helping them build and improve their literacy skills. Our programs and services enhance people’s personal and professional circumstances—and create opportunity for them—one word at a time.

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Lisa Anderson Media, LLC

We are a media company that offers a range of services to help you share your story and connect with your audience. From producing engaging podcasts, to publishing thought-provoking anthologies and magazines, to designing eye-catching book covers, and providing top-notch copy editing and portrait photography services, we are committed to helping you bring your vision to life.

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The Marion Theatre

50 South Magnolia Avenue

Ocala, FL 34471

United States


(352) 351-1606


THE EVENT STARTS TONIGHT: This is a fundraising event





Will I be asked for an additional donation at the event?

No. A portion of your ticket will go towards the fundraising. You will have the option to make an additional donation during the checkout process.

What time can I arrive at the venue?

Lobby doors will open at 6:00pm. You will have access to the concessions. Theatre doors will open at 6:30pm. The show will begin at 7:00pm so please be in your seats by 6:55pm.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Yes, but please purchase your tickets ahead of time if possible. This will ensure that the lines run smoothly and that we have enough swag bags for everyone. You can purchase your tickets online at www.mariontheatre.org or you can purchase them at the Marion Theatre box office located at 50 South Magnolia Avenue, Ocala.


R.J. Jenkins

The emcee for the evening is the Executive Committee Board Member of the Marion County Literacy Council, R.J. Jenkins.

Keynote Speaker

William (Bill) Ross, III

William F. Ross III, M.S. is currently the Vice President of Hands Up Communications, an all-access language company based in Ocala, Florida. He is also one of the primary authors for one of the most recognized and utilized texts in the field of interpreting, You Want To Be An Interpreter? (5th Ed.) As a child of Deaf parents, he has been interpreting for more than 38 years and holds national certification (CI/CT) from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf. Bill is passionate about building mentoring relationships, studying American Sign Language, and accompanying interpreters on the journey of perfecting their craft. 

Special Speaker

Lauren Debick

Lauren Debick, APR is passionate about developing strategic communications initiatives and engagement opportunities that redefine what partnerships can be, through pioneering campaigns and collaborations with corporations, non-profits, government agencies, and entrepreneurs. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Arts at Gannon University in Erie, PA and her Master of Professional Studies degree in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Denver. Her mission is to cultivate a deeper connection within the community and have a positive impact on the world.

Guest Speaker

Yamila Acosta

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Yamila Acosta brings light to the Literacy Council. Acosta began her work at MCLC in 2014 as an ESOL assistant, eventually becoming a full-time employee due to her passion and commitment to each program. Yamila is naturally bilingual, accommodating perfectly to the ESOL program, but communicates through goals and personal connection with any student that walks through the door.

Guest Speaker

Jeffrey L. Stone, II

Jeffrey Lynn Stone, II is 37-year-old married man with four children. Jeffrey grew up near Disney World — dropping out of school at the age of 16 and immediately joining the workforce. During the 2020 pandemic, he earned his GED through the Marion County Literacy Council. Jeffrey now sits on the Literacy Council board. An advocate of adults furthering their education, he is currently attending the College of Central Florida’s Information Technology program where he is earning an associate degree. Jeffrey also enjoys volunteering in the community, and he currently helps Habitat for Humanity build homes for needy families.

Guest Speaker

Cheyanne Bukowski

Cheyanne Bukowski is a 27-year-old single mother of two who dropped out of high school in the tenth grade. A firm believer in God, Cheyanne is currently attending the Marion County Literacy Council to further her education, so she is better equipped to provide for her children.

“I never thought this was possible for me. I wouldn’t be as close to achieving my goal if it wasn’t for the Literacy Council and all the support they have provided.”

Event Speaker Order

Thursday, August 10, 2023

7:00 PM

Introduction with Emcee, R.J. Jenkins

7:05 PM

Special Speaker, Lauren Debick

7:27 PM

Guest Speaker, Jeffrey Stone

7:40 PM

Guest Speaker, Cheyanne Bukowski

7:55 PM

Intermission (10 minutes)

8:05 PM

Introduction by Emcee, R.J. Jenkins

8:10 PM

Guest Speaker, Yamila Acosta

8:20 PM

Keynote Speaker, William Ross

9:00 PM

Closing Remarks by Emcee, R.J. Jenkins

Bronze Sponsor

Neighborhood Storage

In-Kind Sponsor

Jewelz Entertainment and Balloon Decor

Thank you to Jewelz for the in-kind balloon decor sponsorship! Learn more about them https://www.jewelzentertainment.com/.

In-Kind Sponsor


Thank you to Locala for the media and swag bag in-kind sponsorship. Learn more at https://www.localamag.com/.

In-Kind Sponsor

Your Place Mortgage & Title

Your Place Mortgage & Title generously provided us with the programs and flyers for this event. Learn more at https://www.yourplaceocala.com/

In-Kind & Cheerleader Sponsor

Things to Do Ocala

Things to Do Ocala generously donated online promotion and became a sponsor at the Cheerleader level! Learn more at https://thingstodoocala.com/.

Sponsor (Supporter)

Crippen & Co.

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Cheerleader Sponsor

Executive Wellness

Thriving can be described as feeling energized, constantly learning, and applying new knowledge and skills. A work environment can certainly make an impact. Having the tools to support and encourage employees is not only important; it’s good for business. Learn more at https://executivewellnessconsulting.com/

Cheerleader Sponsor

Ivonne Fuentes

Thank you to Ivonne for her support of this event!

Past events by Lisa Anderson Media

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