Celebrating 25 Years of Reading The Reading Connection’s 10th Annual Of Wine & Words Fundraiser Set for April 4


February 27, 2014- (Arlington, VA) – Arlington based children’s non-profit The Reading Connection (TRC) announces the date for its 10th Annual of Wine & Words annual fundraiser to be held Friday, April 4, 2014.  This year marks TRC’s 25th anniversary – celebrating its achievements in providing literacy-rich programs and services for at-risk children and families.

Of Wine & Words will celebrate the region’s culinary excellence featuring the area’s top restaurants.  2014 Participating restaurants and beverage partners include the following:


Artisan Confections

Circa, Open Road and Trio

Eventide Restaurant

Green Pig Bistro

The Hamilton

Lebanese Taverna

P.F. Chang’s

Rosa Mexicano

Beer Partners

Lost Rhino Brewing Co. and Mad Fox Brewing Company

Wine Partners

The event will also include a silent auction that has something for everyone.  Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit TRC’s local literacy programs.

The Reading Connection is pleased to have NBC4 Evening News Anchor Doreen Gentzler return as the event emcee.

For over 25 years, TRC has touched the lives of 15,000 local at-risk kids and has given out nearly 100,000 new books to those kids. In 2013, TRC read with over 1,400 kids and gave them nearly 12,000 new books.  TRC’s programs span the metro DC area, from DC to Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County.  The organization plans to expand to Maryland in its 25th anniversary year.

In 2013, Of Wine & Words raised more than $82,000. This years fundraising goal is $100,000.  The ticket prices for the event are $50 for TRC volunteers, $100 for individual tickets and $150 for tickets that include the VIP Reception.  For ticket information and a listing of our 25th anniversary sponsors, visit: http://www.thereadingconnection.org/contribute/of-wine-and-words.



7:15 – Opening Remarks

7:45 – NBC4 News Anchor Doreen’s Gentzler’s Remarks- 25th Anniversary Component

9:10 – Silent Auction Closes

9:15 – Silent Auction #2 Closes

9:17 – Client Testimonial Video

9:20 – Raise Up for Reading



What: 10th Annual Of Wine & Words

Presented by: The Reading Connection

When: Friday, April 4, 2014

Where:Jones Day Rooftop Terrace, 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001

Time:  7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (VIP Reception 6:00 p.m.)


Website/Ticket Purchasing:www.thereadingconnection.org

Twitter: @TheReadingConn #oww14

About The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection (TRC), founded in 1989, is celebrating a quarter century of sharing the magic of reading!  TRC’s four literacy programs offer a continuum of services to encourage at-risk kids to spend more time reading and their families to make reading a family tradition. In fiscal year 2013, TRC gave away 11,500 books, reached more than 450 children in Read-Alouds, enrolled more than 650 children in the Book Club and held 67 workshops and trainings.  www.thereadingconnection.org

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