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MEDIA ADVISORY: Patriots Tight End Martellus Bennet and Boston Superintendent Chang to Speak at Read to a Child’s Annual Gala in Boston

BOSTON – November 14, 2016 – National non-profit literacy and mentoring organization Read to a Child® will host its annual gala at Boston’s Omni Parker House on Thursday November 17th beginning at 6:30pm.  New England Patriots tight end and children’s book author Martellus Bennett and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang will be the featured speakers at the event.  Joined by Read to a Child supporters, education leaders, area philanthropists and business executives, Martellus and Tommy will highlight the importance of reading and mentoring to fuel a child’s imagination, as well as corporate and community partnerships in boosting literacy skills among at-risk public school students.


Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:30PM Event Begins, Guests/Media Arrive, Silent Auction Opens
8:00PM Speaking Program Begins
8:25PM Philanthropist of the Year Award (presented by Martellus Bennett)
8:30PM Live Auction and Fund the Need
9:00PM Scheduled Media Interviews with Martellus Begin

Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

Martellus Bennett, Patriots tight end, Children’s book author, Entrepreneur
Dr. Tommy Chang, Boston Public Schools Superintendent
Dan Revers, CEO ArcLight Capital
Dave Ferrick, CEO Agero
Paul Lamoureux, CEO Read to a Child

Support Read to a Child’s innovative approach to improve children’s literacy
Martellus Bennett on literacy, imagination, writing and entrepreneurship
Dr. Chang on mentoring and partnerships in support of public schools
Read to a Child “Philanthropist of the Year” award presentation

Live and silent auction

Food, drink, fun and networking in support of Read to a Child

80% of low income 4th graders in the United States cannot read proficiently and 2/3rds of these struggling youth will spend time on welfare or in jail! The Gala supports Read to a Child’s efforts to address this alarming societal issue.

Tickets available at https://readtoachildgala2016.eventbrite.com/

Colleen McCarthy, Weber-Shandwick, 617-661-7900   cmarthy@webershandwick.com