Young Leaders Party for Reach Out and Read at the Holiday Bonanza!
December 12, 2013 (New York, NY) — Young New Yorkers partied with a purpose at the “Holiday Bonanza!” — a live music event to raise money for children’s literacy. The event, which took place at Tammany Hall in New York City’s Lower East Side on December 12th, supported the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York children’s literacy program.
The event raised $1,600 to provide free books and literacy guidance for some of New York’s neediest children. But more significantly, it raised awareness among a population of young adults who may not yet see themselves as making a difference through charitable giving.
“We’re tremendously excited to spread the message that every bit counts when it comes to getting books to children,” said Joel Rowe, Co-Chair of the Reach Out and Read of Greater New York Young Leaders Executive Board, the group which hosted the event. Rowe became familiar with the program at the Ryan-Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center, where he served for a year through AmeriCorps.
Now he is applying to medical school, and eager to do what he can to support the program. “It’s gratifying to know we are helping to empower young people with probably the most important skill to get ahead in today’s world. Our contributions, whatever size, go directly to giving kids the gift of reading.”
In addition to enjoying musical performances by Kimon, Kicksonic, and Josh’s Tape, guests enjoyed raffle giveaways that included tickets to the Big Apple Circus, gift certificates, and a beautiful Coach handbag. Throughout the night, guests also took photos in a photo booth, complete with festive holiday costumes.
Special thanks go to Ali Byrd who emceed the event and helped keep the party going between acts, and to Kirstin Roquemore for the great graphic design and fantastic photo booth.