Literacy Partners hosts a wide range of events throughout the year. Check back here to learn more about upcoming events! Look back on our past events below.
Literacy Partners Evening of Readings Gala 2015
Literacy Partners held its 29th annual Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event, which raised more than $1 million to end illiteracy among adults in New York City, honored News Corp’s Chief Executive, Robert Thomson. Click here to see a video of his presentation. Best-selling novelist, Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE, received the venerated Lizzie Award in honor of her many dedicated years to Literacy Partners’ mission. The award is given to individuals who exemplify Liz Smith’s passion for the written word and her commitment to improving the lives of those who cannot read or write. Click here to see video of her presentation.
The evening kicked off with a rousing performance by nine-time Tony Award® winner Tommy Tune that only he could deliver. Click here to see video of his performance. The celebration also included powerful readings from television journalist Tom Brokaw, who read a passage from his forthcoming memoir, “A Lucky Life Interrupted,” and actress Ali Wentworth, who read a passage from her forthcoming book, “Happily Ali After.” Click here to see Ali Wentworth’s comedic take on life with children.
The highlight of the evening was hearing from Literacy Partners student Matthew Brown who shared his powerful story of overcoming adversity and achieving his goals of learning to read and write. After reading his personal essay, Brown brought the house down with his moving rendition of Frank Sinatra’s classic, “My Way.” Click here to see video of his performance.
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2013 GED Graduation
Literacy Partners hosted the Last GED graduation on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in partnership with Talking Transition, a series of public events aimed to set the agenda for the next Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.
Proud families, friends, teachers, volunteers, and community members joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of over 65 GED graduates from around New York City. Read the full recap of the event, watch video from the evening, and browse photos from the event on our Facebook page. It was surely a night to remember!
Harlem Book Fair
This past summer LP connected students to inspirational literary experiences and impactful community involvement through participation in various events throughout the city. LP Students shined brightly reading publicly at two of New York City’s (NYC) most high profile literary events this summer – the Harlem Book Fair and the NYC Poetry Festival. You can learn more through this article published by Examiner! As a partner of the fifteenth annual Harlem Book Fair this past summer on July 19-20, 2013, Literacy Partners not only showcased student speakers but also helped bring recognition to the local adult literacy community by bringing students and volunteers to mingle with fair-goer’s and honoring the District’s City Council Member, Inez E. Dickens, for her work supporting adult learners. You can read more about LP’s involvement with the Harlem Book Fair here.
Annual Student Cultural Celebration
Our LP family of students, staff, volunteers, and Board members gathered together on June 19, 2013 at the Annual Student Cultural Celebration where the crowd enjoyed a sampling of student readings and performances. We also had a GED Graduation Ceremony at this year’s celebration, complete with caps and gowns for these amazing students! Our volunteer awards were presented as well, recognizing the special role these supporters play in LP’s mission. Congratulations to our Grads, Volunteer Award Recipients, and all of our students for their wonderful achievements! Click here to see the 2013 Student Storybook, “We’re Going Places” made possible thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster.
29th Annual Gala
Literacy Partners’ 29th Annual Gala on May 1, 2013 was a huge success raising over 1.1 million dollars for our programs to eradicate illiteracy and break the cycle of poverty in New York City! Thank you to all who supported the evening including honorees, Tatiana von Fürstenberg, Patricia Cornwell, and Jacqueline Weld Drake, Gala Chair, Alina Cho, guest readers, Bill O’Reilly, Jon Meacham, and Elizabeth Strout, and Gala Host, Liz Smith. Read a full recap of the event here and browse through pictures of the evening here. You can also watch videos of each of the readers on our YouTube channel here.
Marcus Samuelsson Red Rooster Book Signing
Award-winning chef and best-selling author, Marcus Samuelsson, hosted LP and guests for a private book-signing at his restaurant in Harlem, the Red Rooster. Check out the rest of the photos on our Facebook page. (September 2012)