Read to Dream 2023
Join EWDC on March 23, 2023, at the Planet Word Museum for our biggest event of the year, Read to Dream. This annual fundraiser celebrates the magic of reading, the power of EWDC's programs, and the people who make our work so special. Read to Dream also raises the funds needed to bring our programs to communities across the region at no charge to families, schools, or community partners.
TICKETS & DONATIONS
Tickets for Read to Dream are officially sold out! But you can still help a child thrive through reading by making a Read to Dream donation to support EWDC's one-one-one mentoring program, group reading activities, and free book distribution effort.
Help children harness the power of reading to grow and thrive by becoming a Read to Dream Sponsor. Click here to review sponsorship levels and exclusive benefits. To learn more or confirm your level of support, email Rody Baron at email@example.com.
PARKING GARAGES NEAR PLANET WORD
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Bruce Springsteen, St. Lucia, NASCAR, the Washington Capitals, and more!
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Meet our Read to Dream Honorees
2023 POWER PLAYERS
EWDC is proud to recognize the 2021 and 2022 Association Book Drive Challenge participants as our 2023 Power Player honorees.
EWDC's annual Association Book Drive Challenge – a friendly competition to see which trade association can donate the most books to EWDC – has added more than 10,000 new books to EWDC’s shelves. These books, the majority of which elevate diverse characters, perspectives, and experiences, are then distributed through EWDC programs, helping children build personal libraries that engage their minds, encourage their growth, and inspire their futures.
Through their support of EWDC and our book distribution program, these 21 Associations have had a powerful impact on the lives of children across the DC region. That is why we are honored to recognize each organization as a true Power Player that is making a difference through reading.
The AIC team believes in the magic of books and that helping children read will help empower them to achieve their own dreams. We joined the challenge because this friendly competition is fun and will directly improve our local community. We’re honored to support the Association and look forward to competing again next year!
Drew Maloney, AIC President & CEO
THE POWER PLAYER LIST
- American International Automobile Dealers Association (2021 Challenge Winner)
American Investment Council (2022 Challenge Winner)
American Petroleum Institute
Alliance for Automotive Innovation
American Bankers Association
American Beverage Association
American Council of Life Insurers
American Exploration and Production Council
American Forest & Paper Association
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers
Consumer Brands Association
Consumer Technology Association
Edison Electric Institute
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
National Retail Federation
Personal Care Products Council
The Business Council
US Tire Manufacturers Association
US Travel Association
2023 Community Champion Award
EWDC is honored to award Karl Racine with the 2023 Community Champion Award for his commitment to service and the positive impact he has had on our students.
For children to truly thrive, they need people to stand up and support their futures. Mr. Racine, who just completed two terms as the District of Columbia’s first elected Attorney General, is just that person. Throughout his career, Mr. Racine has prioritized the needs of the most vulnerable – including District youth – to ensure all have a fair and equitable shot at success. Whether it be during his time at the D.C. Public Defender Service, with the White House, reforming the juvenile justice system as DC’s Attorney General, or reading an hour a week with a Power Readers student, Karl puts his commitment to service into action.
“EWDC and its programs are an investment in our young people and their future — you can’t put a price tag on that,” said Karl Racine. “I’ve observed EWDC in the community for more than a decade and I can tell you firsthand: once a young person is introduced to the joy of reading, it can never be taken away from them.”
2023 Distinguished Service Award
EWDC is honored to recognize Arielle Elliott with our Distinguished Service award. Leading the EWDC Board of Directors from January 2019 through December 2022, Arielle’s commitment to our students ensured the organization stayed true to our mission while navigating new obstacles presented by the global pandemic. Her work to recruit partners and volunteers, secure needed financial support, and manage Board operations, ensured that EWDC was best prepared to meet our communities emerging needs while putting us on a long-term path to success. For that, the entire EWDC community will be forever grateful and we honor her service to our students.
“Before the pandemic, Everybody Wins was a way for me to connect with my love of reading and share that with other people. I was a bookworm growing up and helping young kids discover the joy of getting lost in a book- an amazing story or adventure and a way to see the world through new eyes felt like a great mission. During and after the pandemic, the mission has changed for me and is more about restoring in kids the joy in reading and learning that they weren’t able to experience when schools were closed. I’m incredibly proud of how EWDC figured out how to reach kids in new ways when we were not able to see them in person. We connected through their communities, book drives, and little free libraries- all things we had never done before but were suddenly essential. While I constantly feel like we can never do enough, I’m hopeful that we had an impact on kids during what was a tumultuous time.”
Read to Dream Host Committee
Amir Afkhami, MD, The George Washington University Hospital
Hastie Afkhami, S3 Group
Amy Bess, Vedder Price
Aryssa Damron, DC Public Library
Monique Evans, Women For Women International
Alisha Felder, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Crispus Gordon, Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Arnold Koonin, Morgan Stanley
Gloria Koonin, Educator
Scott Kreter, Truist Wealth
Tanya Kreter, Retired
Gerry Lamb, Strategic Marketing Innovations
Catherine Lux Fry, Vetted Solutions
Jacqueline Moen, EVERFI
Anne Owl, Generation Hope
Mary Salander, EWDC Co-Founder & Former Executive Director
Mike Viola, American Petroleum Institute
Abby Wilhelm, Former Chief of Staff, DC Attorney General
Read to Dream Sponsors
Reading Champions: $20,000+
American Petroleum Institute
Mark Young & Rachel Carren
Learning Leader: $10,000+
Book Benefactor: $5,000+
Barbara Faculjak & Jim McCarthy
Mike & Cathy Burton
Jill & Mike Sommers
Monumental Sports & Entertainment
American Investment Council
Story Supporter: $2,500+
Charles River Associates
Power Pyles Sutter & Verville
Gerry Lamb & Mary McGann
Mary & Jim Salander
Truist Personal Wealth
Amy Bess & Jeffrey Lesher
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Jim & Karen Beardsley
Bruce and Lori Dubinsky
Washington Fine Properties
Josh & Sarah Eastright
Rob Portman & Annette Simon
Nick Pearson & Lauren O'Brien
Howard & Gail Campbell Woolley
Event Supporter: $1,000+
American Resort Development Association
Read to Dream Impact
EWDC's annual spring fundraiser brings the power of reading to thousands of children across the DC region. Event proceeds support EWDC’s mentoring program, read-aloud activities, and free book distribution efforts, all at zero cost to our students, families, schools, or community partners. Check our EWDC's 2022 spring event, EWDC Celebrate!, and learn about the positive impact it had on children and communities.