The event will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Thursday, September 19th to support early literacy in Colorado.
Denver, CO – Reach Out and Read Colorado, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Denver, CO, has a 20-year history of improving early literacy across the state by partnering with pediatricians to provide developmentally- and language-appropriate books to children at well-child visits and encourage families to read aloud together. Currently, Reach Out and Read Colorado serves more than 125,000 children in 331 clinics.
Reach Out and Read Colorado is excited to host their inaugural gala, Where the Wild Things Read, on September 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00PM at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The evening will include drinks, a seated dinner, live auction, and entertainment, featuring Mistress of Ceremony Denver7’s Lisa Hidalgo and auctioneer Reggie Rivers!
The event will celebrate the transformative power of reading aloud together as a family while raising much-needed support for this evidence-based program designed to reach our state’s most vulnerable populations.
“Reading has the power to unlock a child’s curiosity and imagination. When a parent reads to a young child, parts of the child’s brain are stimulated that are not stimulated by any other activity. Promoting early childhood reading with family is a powerful way to combat the adverse events of childhood, or toxic stress, which can impact the lives of too many children.” -Simon Hambidge, MD, PhD | Denver Health Pediatrician & Reach Out and Read Colorado Board Chair
Where the Wild Things Read is presented by GSK. As a literacy and health equity champion, GSK is focused on delivering the greatest possible long-term impact on improving health around the world and in the communities they work. Through this partnership, GSK will directly impact more than 3,000 Reach Out and Read Colorado families. The event would not be possible without a generous community of supporters, including media sponsor Denver7 and platinum level sponsor Cimarex.
Where the Wild Things Read Gala
September 19, 2019 | 6:00-9:00PM
Denver Botanic Gardens | Mitchell Hall
For more information or to purchase event tickets contact Rebecca Oehl at 720.623.3800 or [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased at www.reachoutandreadco.org/event/where-the-wild-things-read.
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About Reach Out and Read Colorado
Reach Out and Read Colorado is an evidence-based nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Reach Out and Read Colorado partners with health care providers to prescribe a developmentally- and language-appropriate book and talk with parents about the importance of reading aloud at well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years of age. By building on the unique relationship between parents and health care providers, Reach Out and Read Colorado helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills so children enter school prepared for success. Children served by Reach Out and Read enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a three- to six-month developmental edge. To learn more, connect with Reach Out and Read Colorado on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReachOutandReadColorado.