Literacy supporters of the DC metro area gathered at Jones Day’s spacious rooftop venue to celebrate Of Wine and Words, benefiting The Reading Connection.. Over 300 guests came out to kick off their weekend with the Arlington-based non-profit, which raised $116,675 that evening–surpassing its goal of $100,000.
For over 20 years, The Reading Connection (TRC) has been reading with kids who have no one else to read to them and giving books to kids who had none. The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. This mission is accomplished by volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers, donations that provide children with free, new books to keep, workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development and, training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.
Guests enjoyed tasting tables of savory and sweet fare while taking in the stunning rooftop views of the Capitol, which is still undergoing restoration. A live and silent auction offered literacy supporters everything from getaways to luxury sporting experiences, and free flowing cocktails and party music kept the event going late into the night.
After another record-setting Of Wine & Words, The Reading Connection embarks on a three-year path of program growth that will include adding four Read-Aloud program sites and 100 Book Club families over the next three years.For more information, visit http://www.thereadingconnection.org/
Cocktail and spirits tasting
3wilders: Carol, Tracy & Leslie Wilder, McEnearney Associates Realtors
James Gibney of Lincoln Financial Group