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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.

 

WHEN: 
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

WHERE:
Omni Parker House
60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

WHO:  
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

WHAT:  
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

WHY:
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.

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

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

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