Raise a Glass for Reading has been the signature fundraiser for Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) since the event’s inception in Chicago, IL in 2017. This year, Raise a Glass for Reading (#RGR21) returns as a virtual fundraising event on Thursday, June 10, 6:30PM (ET).

The event will feature special performances and inspiring messages as we recognize and thank educators -- from Broward County, FL; Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Jersey -- for the work that they have continued to do as Heroes throughout the pandemic.

A Fireside Chat w/Vashti Harrison

New York Times best-selling creator, artist, and illustrator, Vashti Harrison, will also join us for a fireside chat with our very own board member, Frank L. Gettridge, executive director of the National Public Education Support Fund. Vashti is the creator of Little Leaders, Little Dreamers, and Little Legends, and the illustrator of Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe and Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love, among others.

A Live Virtual Event

Raising funds to support programs that help teachers and students succeed

Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM EST

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Planning and Host Committee

Lauren Alperstein

Naimah Bilal 

Simone Champagnie

John Croll

Evan Goldman

Heather Gray

Justin Hudson

Michele LaCoursiere

Jordanne Owen

Claire Parker

Janet Pinkerton

Priscilla Williams

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