Attire: Festive Black Tie

The Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance is Literacy Partners signature fundraising event. For more than 30 years, The Evening of Readings has brought together leaders from finance, media, and publishing to advance the mission of Literacy Partners. The brainchild of Liz Smith, and her dear friends Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, the gala has also featured some of the most important writers of our time reading from their acclaimed and yet to be published works.

We are delighted to be presenting The Lizzie Award to Lesley Stahl, one of America’s most honored journalists and longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent. Andrea Davis Pinkney will receive the Champion of Literacy Award. Andrea is the Vice President, Editor-at-Large of Trade Books at Scholastic. Cynthia McFadden, senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News, will join us again this year as host. Best-selling author Tayari Jones will read from her critically acclaimed book, An American Marriage.

Click here to see photos and media from past Galas.

To purchase a table, sponsorship or to make a contribution, email Allison Sciplin at or call (646) 237-0161.