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Fall 2014
"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"
Read to a Child's 12th Annual Gala
Some of our guests having a great time in the photo booth!
On Thursday, November 6th, Read to a Child held its 12th Annual Gala at the Boston Common Hotel. We are proud to announce that it was the most successful gala to date! The event sold out and raised in $115,000!

The night consisted of an expansive silent auction with more than three dozen packages, a fun photo-booth, and an exciting live auction! Read to a Child would like to thank everyone who came and supported the event - including our wonderful sponsors: Agero, ArcLight Capital, Staples, BNY Mellon, CVS, Cabot Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Eaton Vance, Anderson Robbins Research, Blackbaud and EMD Millipore. 

"Give Me $5" Hits (and Exceeds!) $50,000 Goal!
This August marked Read to a Child's first "Give Me $5!" Digital Campaign. Thanks to all of our champions, committed Board Members and volunteers who raised over $51,000! 

If you have any feedback or ideas for next year's digital campaign, please contact Amelie Ansari, Development & Communications Specialist, at
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Matilda and her mentor Margie
were a highlight of the Gala!
Inspiration from Matilda
Matilda is a nine year old in her third year of reading with her mentor, Margie. Matilda inspired the crowd at the 12th Annual Gala by speaking about the power of the lunchtime reading program and what an impact it has had on her.

Read to a Child Starts Programming in Marlborough

The lunchtime reading program has launched at the Richer School in Marlborough, MA! We welcome new corporate partners to provide employee volunteers - if interested, contact Olivia Mathews at
One of the great books Travelers' employees donated

Launching Lunchtime Reading Program in New Haven


Read to a Child is bringing the lunchtime reading program to New Haven, Connecticut. If you or anyone who know works in the area and is looking for a worthwhile way to give back to the community, please contact Kate Holzman at


Travelers Foundation


The Travelers Foundation has awarded Read to a Child $55,000 to support Connecticut programs. In addition, Travelers featured Read to a Child at a United Way Senior Leadership Breakfast this October. Employee contributions secured 130 children's books, which they
attendees inscribed with inspiring messages for young readers!


Welcome Our New Director

Read to a Child is happy to introduce Danielle Hilliker, Detroit Director


Danielle brings great enthusiasm, managerial skills, a love for Detroit's kids, and passion for Read to a Child's mission. She comes most recently from the Michigan Women's Foundation and, before that, the Michigan Chapter of the Special Olympics. 

In this role, Danielle is charged with taking the organization to the next stage of growth in Detroit - expanding capacity and our ability to reach more underserved children. 


She can be reached at (517) 206-8412 or Please join us in giving Danielle a warm welcome to Read to a Child!
Los Angeles

Read to a Child Launches the 2014/15 Lunchtime Reading Program and Welcomes Three New Corporate Reading Partners


Read to a Child in Los Angeles welcomes Winston & Strawn LLP, The Walt Disney Company, and Deloitte as part of our reading family. The lunchtime reading program has been a huge hit with our new volunteer reading mentors. There was excitement and enthusiasm the first day as 65 new reading mentors met their students for the first time - beginning new relationships that will create a life long love of reading. Volunteers from Winston & Strawn LLP and Deloitte read at Leo Politi Elementary, while Walt Disney Company volunteers read at Walt Disney Elementary!

South Florida 
Reading Pair Spotlight

Anthony and his reading mentor, Joanna, have grown quite close this year. Anthony said he didn't care which book he read as long as Joanna read it to him because he just enjoys her company!

While reading "Hide" by Jeff Foxworthy, he said "it was fun to try and find the hidden pictures with Joanna!" Joanna said reading to Anthony is so much fun and something she looks forward to each week.  

The two of them are looking forward to the "Reading on the Lawn" activity planned to celebrate Literacy Week next week!
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