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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Literacy Gala In NYC - A Major Charity Event For A Great Cause

Last night, Bob and I attended a wonderful black tie Gala for Literacy Partners at New York's Lincoln Center. This year's honoree was Leonard Riggio, Chairman of Barnes and Noble, and his wife Louise Riggio. Bob and I were of course, last year's guests of honor at this special annual event.

Special guests at last night's event included: Bestselling author, Michael Connelley, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg and novelist, Stacy Schiff.
Barbara Taylor Bradford with the guest of honor,
Len Riggio, Chairman of Barnes and Noble. In the center is
Mark Jackson, President of Literacy Partners and CEO of
Dow Jones Company.
 Also in attendance was Tom Hooper, director of the 2011 Oscar winning film, The King's Speech, and David Seidler, who wrote the Oscar winning original screenplay.

For those who want to know more about Literacy Partners, and their works, there are currently more than 3.7 million adults in New York reading at less than a fifth grade level who need our help -- and that number is growing. Literacy Partners is serving almost 2000 students and they have hundreds more waiting for a spot in their program, hoping for a chance to learn and write.

Literacy Partners has been able to educate over 35,000 adult students and family members who cannot read or write living in New York City. For those of you who want to contact Literacy Partners for information or donations, please visit:

Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford with
their Houston guests, Brian Teichman and Andrew Cordes

Robert Bradford with Majorie Reed Gordon and Kate White
Editor & Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine.

From Left: Robert Bradford, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Len Riggio
Loise Riggio, Mark Jackson and Jackie Weld Drake.

All Photos By Patrick McMullen

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