I’m proud to serve on the Advisory Board for First Book – Manhattan, a wonderful organization that supports childhood literacy in the New York City area. First Book – Manhattan is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led Advisory Boards who provide new books to children in need in communities across the country.
On November 29, 2012, First Book – Manhattan is hosting a Winter Soirée fundraiser. During this two-hour event, guests will enjoy delicious fare, an open bar, live DJ and fabulous raffle and auction prizes including three trips of a lifetime. One lucky auction winner will receive tickets to the Grammys and the official Grammy After-Party in Los Angeles, CA with three-night stay and airfare for two.
Funds raised will be used to provide books to Hurricane Sandy Victims and Harlem Village Academies (HVA), a network of charter schools in Harlem. Both are extremely important causes and in desperate need of books vital to children’s growth and education.
First Book – Manhattan’s mission is now more important than ever. Most recent data describes a shocking gap in access to reading materials: while the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books per child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is 1 book per 300 children. In Manhattan, 22% of children under the age of 18 live in low-income neighborhoods. By providing children with books they can take home and keep, First Book – Manhattan targets the only variable that correlates significantly with reading scores — the number of books in the home.
What: First Book – Manhattan’s Winter Soirée
When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Midtown 1015 (1015 2nd Avenue, between 53rd and 54th streets, Manhattan)
Tickets: $50 online, $45 for groups 5 or more
Tickets may be purchased on EventBrite