We headed to the impressive Jones Day building downtown to celebrate The Reading Connection’s 10th annual Of Wine and Words, a foodie/philanthropy event benefiting literacy efforts.
The evening began with a VIP reception, which availed guests to champagne or two signature cocktails from one of the evening’s sponsors, Sixth Engine. Following the reception, guests headed to the rooftop, where several area restaurants were serving up fare at tasting stations. Restaurants included Artisan Confections, Circa, Open Road and Trio, Eventide Restaurant, Green Pig Bistro, The Hamilton, Lebanese Taverna, P.F. Chang’s, Rosa Mexicano.
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. Last year, 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.
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. Find out more at www.thereadingconnection.org.