To all of my friends in the DC/Northern VA area who like supporting good causes and enjoy a swanky evening out: this Friday, I will serve as the Literacy Honoree at the Reading Connection's Of Wine and Words fundraiser. It will be a great way to sample fare from the area's top chefs, get a book signed and help a very worthy cause. Plus—there will be cocktail waitresses dressed as lunch ladies. I REPEAT: THERE WILL BE COCKTAIL WAITRESSES DRESSED AS LUNCH LADIES!
What more do you need? See you there!
It all goes down at the Boeing Conference Center, 1200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.
More info on The Reading Connection:
Since 1989, The Reading Connection has provided books and reading mentors to children of at-risk families in northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The need is great: Over 60% of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes. Experts say reading aloud is one of the best things we can do for kids' success; that children need to hear 1,000 stories read out loud before they can learn to read for themselves.
From the original Read-Aloud program providing books and reading mentors for kids in homeless shelters, The Reading Connection's programs have expanded to cover children in transitional and affordable housing. We now address the literacy needs of parents and send books through the mail. Our reach has grown to over 1,300 kids who receive 9,000 new books each year.