WestRock donates to Authors in Schools Program

Amelia Island Book Festival
Press Release
Submitted by Mary Herrington
October 28, 2018 1:00 p.m.

Eric Schmidt (C), community relations representative for Westrock, presents check to Betsy Odom (L),  and Mary Grace Herrington,  A.I. Book Festival Board Members.

The Amelia Island Book Festival announced today that WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has donated $1,000 to the Authors in Schools Program.

Mr. Schmidt oversees community relations for Westrock in the Fernandina Beach. The Fernandina Beach Mill employs nearly 470 people and is a major financial contributor to local charities and their employees volunteer as coaches, mentors, committee members and workers on behalf of numerous civic and service agencies and programs throughout the region.

“We are grateful for the continued support from the employees and leadership at Westrock in Fernandina Beach,” said Ms. Herrington. All fundraising from individuals, corporations and foundations ultimately enables the organization to present local, regional and best selling authors to students in Nassau County Schools as well as purchase and distribute books to nearly 12,000 students.

The Amelia Island Book Festival is scheduled for February 14-16, 2019. Events and activity information can be found at https://ameliaislandbookfestival.org/.

About Amelia Island Book Festival

17 years ago the late Don Parker and his wife Andrea and Joe and Joani Selement had a genius idea. Why not combine the lure of books with our spectacular location? As the idea caught on, they gathered supporters and founded a nonprofit organization to launch the first Amelia Book Island Festival in 2001. Leveraging partnerships and community support through fundraising events, the Festival continues to deliver on its promise to promote and celebrate literacy through books.

About Westrock Fernandina Beach

At a level of more than 8 million tons annually, WestRock is the second largest producer of containerboard in North America. Their significant portfolio of products allows them to provide a wide range of high quality linerboard, white top and corrugating medium products. The Fernandina Beach facility produces both linerboard and corrugating medium. The linerboard and corrugating medium are used together to make new containerboard for packaging and other uses.

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