Generous sponsors and donors joined forces with a dedicated committee of volunteers to make Read-A-Palooza 2016 an absolute success. The sixth annual event, held March 7th at Paterno’s at the Park, drew a larger crowd and raised more funds than any prior year.
According to Lynn Kessler, Communications and Development Director for Read Aloud, the organization was especially pleased with the outcome at a time when many non-profits have struggled to maintain previous levels of support for their fundraising efforts.
“This event always leaves us invigorated by the steadfast support of old friends as well as the excitement of making new ones,” said Kessler. “That held true this year in every way. We had amazing support from sponsors and donors, an enthusiastic committee and a wonderful crowd of guests!”
The happy hour-style event featured appetizers, drinks and conversation in a casual atmosphere. Guests bid on silent auction items including handmade jewelry, various West Virginia travel packages, art, meals and more.
Photo (above right): Read-A-Palooza committee members Betsy Sokolosky, Johanna Miesner and Allison Boyd visit with guest and Read Aloud supporter Emma Busse.