We were invited to the Literacy Partners 31st Annual Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017. Maurice Dubois was the emcee for the black tie affair which was held at the always-impressive Cipriani’s 42nd Street location. The venue features soaring marble columns, sky high ceilings and grand chandeliers hanging throughout the 16,000 sq ft event space. It was an unforgettable night with an incredible crowd of people, but the best part was that the evening raised over $1,000,000 for the Literacy Partners organization.
A few highlights from the evening… we watched as Liz Smith presented Sheila Nevins (President of HBO Documentary Films) with the Lizzie Award, CNN Host Fareed Zakaria was honored for his work in literacy and philantrhophy and Katie Couric introduced her friend Joanne Lipman (CCO of Gannet and Editor in Chief of USA Today) who was honored as well. Our favorite part of the evening was watching our friend John Josephson and longtime board member for LP receive the Champion of Literacy Award. Before dinner was served, we listened as one of my favorite female author/actress Jill Kargman (Momzilla’s, Odd Mom Out etc) read from her latest book “Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave.”
Literacy Partners is an exceptional non-profit with a vision for “A future in which every parent has the tools to create success for themselves and a better future for their children. Children grow up in families with access to the resources and support they need to thrive.” Their mission is equally as simple, “Literacy Partners strengthens families through a two-generation approach to education. With our free classes, low-income parents in New York City develop the literacy and language skills they need to succeed in today’s world. Our research-based curriculum also incorporates child development and parenting support to help parents boost their children’s early reading, school readiness, and social-emotional growth.”