Howdy y’all! We’re so excited to have you here in Dallas with us this week for the 2015 RT Booklovers Convention. After last night’s festivities, we officially kicked things off with a fabulous breakfast and welcome party this morning. We even had a few special guests, including bestselling author Sylvia Day.
After being welcomed by RT founder Kathryn Falk, President Ken Rubin and Publisher Carol Stacy, we heard from Dallas Assistant Fire Chief Fernando Grey, who made us feel right at home in his city. We also heard from convention attendees from across the globe and learned more about special projects and charities from people in the romance community.
Then, Kathryn presented two very special awards. The first was the Animal Rescuer Award, awarded to author Helen Rich for her unconditional love of animals and untiring devotion to rescuing them. The award was accepted by local author Jennifer Miller, aka Ellie James, and Dr. Catherine McMannus of Dallas Animal Services.
Helen, heir to the Wrigley fortune, is no stranger to random acts of kindness towards animals. Maybe you heard about the Marine whose dog was issued a private jet to transport him to the soldier’s new base, after the animal was deemed too large to fly commercial? Yep, that was Helen! Recently she transported an unwanted shelter dog from Kansas to her home in Florida. Helen also founded the On the Wings of Angels Animal Rescue, which fosters and rehabilitates dogs with no where else to go. Keep up the great work, Helen!
Sylvia Day was presented with the Amazing Journey Award for her savvy and strategic rise to superstardom. Sylvia Day is no stranger to RT after attending her first convention in 2006, and it’s been a joy to watch this gracious author climb to the top of the bestseller charts. You go, Sylvia!
We also took a moment to thank all of our hard-working convention staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly every year to put together this event.
Thank you to all who attended!
Check back here all week for more RT Convention coverage! We’ll be posting updates, pictures and more all week long. If you missed something, we’ve got it all right here.