READ TO DREAM 2024 - May 2, 2024

On May 2, 2024, EWDC hosted our annual Read to Dream event. This special evening celebrated all that is magical about EWDC - our students, our programs, and our supporters.

The 300 guests heard from amazing EWDC students, enjoyed wonderful food and drink, and participated in an exciting live auction. The evening also honored Barbara Faculjak, EWDC Board Member, with the Distinguished Service Award and EAB as our 2024 Community Champion. We also recognized the National Mining Association and the National Retail Federation as Co-Champions of our annual Association Book Drive Challenge.

All Read to Dream proceeds will keep programs like Power Readers, StoryTime, and The Book Project free for families and school partners. This means we can help more children build the literacy and social-emotional skills needed to succeed at school and in life.

You can click here to learn more about EWDC's programs and our impact in the community.

While Read to Dream 2024 is over, you can still be part of the magic by making a Read to Dream donation.

To learn about other way to support EWDC, please contact Rody Baron, EWDC Director of Development, at rbaron@everybodywinsdc.org.

Event photography provided by The Five Arrows Media. See below for full event album. 

THANK YOU TO OUR READ TO DREAM SPONSORS

READING CHAMPIONS ($20,000+)

American Petroleum Institute
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mark Young & Rachel Carren

LEARNING LEADERS ($10,000+)

CTIA
Huron Philanthropies
Mike & Cathy Burton
National Retail Federation*
FGS Global
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Akin
JLL

STORY SUPPORTERS ($2,500+)

Mary & Jim Salander
Pierre Chauvet at Compass Real Estate
Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, PC
Mar Roberts
Nick Pearson & Lauren O'Brien
Rob Portman & Annette Simon
Truist Wealth
Blue Star Design Build
Business Roundtable
Caudron, Megary, & Blackburn Wealth Management Group
Amy Bess & Jeffrey Lesher
Wiley Rein LLP

BOOK BENEFACTORS ($5,000+)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment
John Fish
Barbara Faculjak & Jim McCarthy
CGCN
American Forest & Paper Association*
Jill & Mike Sommers
Richard Mintz
American Investment Council
Google
Dan Gerkin & Dr. Allyson Bloom
PhRMA*
MGM Resorts International*

EVENT PATRON ($1,000+)

Colleen Martin & Martin Hahn*
Randy Russell*
Sonja & Chris Clark*
Bruce & Lori Dubinsky
Stacy O'Mara
Household & Commercial Products Association*
Susan Neely*
Tom & Mary Firth
David French*
American Resort Development Association
Great Minds

*Sponsorship in honor of Barbara Faculjak, EWDC's 2024 Distinguished Service Award winner.

READ TO DREAM 2024 HONOREES

COMMUNITY CHAMPION

EAB

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Barbara Faculjack, EWDC Board Member

Barbara Faculjak
Barbara Faculjak

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: ASSOCIATION BOOK DRIVE CHALLENGE WINNERS

National Retail Federation, Literacy Leader
National Mining Association, Team Award

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READ TO DREAM 2024 HOST COMMITTEE

Hastie Afkhami, S3 Group
Amy Bess, Vedder Price
Aryssa Damron, DCPS Librarian - Van Ness Elementary School
Catherine Lux Fry, Vetted Solutions
Tanya Kreter, Retired
Scott Kreter, Truist Wealth
Tiffaney Malott, Veritext
Anne Owl, George Mason University
Mar Roberts, Retired
Mary Salander, EWDC Co-Founder & Former Exec. Director
Ellen Waugh, Community Collaborator
Jacquie Moen, EVERFI (EWDC Board Member)
Martine Combal, JLL (EWDC Board Member)
Kimberly Marcus, Monumental Sports & Entertainment (EWDC Board Member)
Anna Chauvet, Finnegan (EWDC Board Member)

Read to Dream 2023

Read to Dream 2023 raised over $270,000 to benefit EWDC, keeping our programs free and accessible to thousands of children. Honorees included Karl Racine, former Attorney General for the District of Columbia, and Arielle Elliott, President of Bloomberg Government and the Immediate Past Chair of the EWDC Board of Directors.

Learn how Read to Dream 2023 made a difference in the lives of children across the DC area here: Read to Dream 2023 - An Evening of Impact.  please Click here for additional event details, including our 2023 Host Committee and a full list of event sponsors.

Check out our EWDC 2023 Read to Dream Photo Album. Event photography provided by The Five Arrows Media.