Our 2017 gala was held at Cipriani 42nd St. on May 24.
Our Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance is our biggest event every year.
For more than 30 years, leaders from media, philanthropy, and the corporate world come together with some of the world’s most acclaimed authors have made our gala one of NYC’s most anticipated events. Every year for the past 16 years, the gala has raised over $1 million.
With readers who have varied from Toni Morrison to Stephen King and from Amy Tan to Tom Wolfe, the gala has also had dynamic hosts such as Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, and Walter Cronkite just to name a few.
Most would say, though, that the true stars of the event are our student readers who make incredible progress through the program and relay their amazing and inspiring stories that they are able to write down and share, sometimes for the first time in their lives.