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Celebration of Reading in Florida

Date: February 17, 2017

Location: The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa - Bonita Springs, Florida

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy presents the 17th Annual Florida Celebration of Reading on Friday, February 17, 2017. Since 2001, the Florida Celebration of Reading, founded by former Governor Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, has raised more than $26 million in support of family literacy programs that help children and their parents improve their literacy skills.

Celebration of Reading activities include a private, intimate luncheon for top business supporters and members of the Bush family; a VIP cocktail reception and photo opportunity; and the always-entertaining reading event, featuring best-selling Guest Authors followed by dinner. The host hotel is the award-winning Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs.

Funds raised from the annual Florida Celebration of Reading help support programs of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.


EVENT DETAILS

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Our host hotel, the  Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, is spectacular!

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida, 34134
Phone (239) 444 1234


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

February 17, 2017

8:30 a.m. Celebration Breakfast with education leaders, Guest Authors and winners from the student essay contest
11:30 a.m. Celebration Luncheon with Bush Family & Guest Authors
(Investor Level & Higher)
5 to 5:45 p.m. VIP Reception and Photo Opportunity (Patron Level & Higher)
6 to 8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Event and Dinner – Calusa Ballroom
8:30 p.m. Guest Authors will sign your books – Calusa Ballroom Lobby

CELEBRATION OF READING EVENT

(All Sponsors and ticket purchasers)

5 p.m. Beer & Wine Cocktail Hour
6 p.m. Reading Event with Best-Selling Guest Authors Begins
7 p.m. Dinner
8:30 p.m. Author Book Signing Event*

 

*Each guest will receive a commemorative gift bag, which includes two books. Guests may elect to purchase additional books to be autographed by our authors at the on-site Barnes & Noble bookstore, where proceeds support literacy.


Directions

From Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) – Follow Terminal Access Road (East) to the intersection of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway/Treeline Avenue Extension. Turn left onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, and follow to Corkscrew Road (approx. 7 miles). At Corkscrew Road, turn right and follow to South Tamiami Trail (US 41) (approx 3-1/2 miles). Turn left onto S. Tamiami Trail and follow for approximately 2 miles to Coconut Road. Turn right at Coconut Road, Hyatt Regency is at the end.

From Fort Lauderdale – Follow I-75 North toward Naples for approximately 99 miles, to Exit 116 toward Bonita Springs / Gulf Beaches. Take the CR-865 West ramp toward Bonita Springs / Gulf Beaches and turn left onto Bonita Beach Road SE / CR-865 West. Turn right onto South Tamiami Trail / US-41 North / FL-45 North. Follow South Tamiami Trail northbound for 4-1/2 miles to Coconut Road intersection. At light, turn left onto Coconut Road, and follow to the Hyatt Regency.

From Tampa – Follow I-75 South, toward Naples, to Exit 123. Merge onto Corkscrew Road / CR-850 West toward Estero. Follow Corkscrew Road to Tamiami Trail / US-41 South / FL-45 South, and turn left. Stay on Tamiami Trail to Coconut Road, turn right and follow Coconut Road to the hotel.

From Orlando  – Take I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit 55. Merge onto US-27 South toward Haines City / Cypress Gardens, then turn right onto West Main Street / FL-64. Continue to follow FL-64, then turn left onto US-17 South / Florida Cracker Trail / FL-35 South. Continue to follow US-17 South / FL-35 South to I-75 South. Follow I-75 South, toward Naples, to Exit 123. Merge onto Corkscrew Road / CR-850 West toward Estero. Follow Corkscrew Road to Tamiami Trail / US-41 South / FL-45 South, and turn left. Stay on Tamiami Trail to Coconut Road, turn right and follow Coconut Road to the hotel.


Author Information

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Dana PerinoChris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, spent over 20 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and has been translated into over 40 languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed movie, The Pursuit of Happyness, released by Columbia Pictures in December 2006. Will Smith starred as Gardner and received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. In his second New York Times best-selling book, Start Where You Are, Gardner shared his philosophies on, and the critical steps behind, creating a fulfilling, successful life.

 

Drew DaywaltElin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is the New York Times best-selling author of 17 novels including Winter Street and Here’s to Us. All of her novels take place on the beautiful island of Nantucket. Her 18th and most recent novel, Winter Storms, is the third and final book in the Winter Street trilogy. Elin is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Nantucket with her husband and three children, and is a two-year breast cancer survivor.

 

Candice Millard

Candice Millard is a former writer and editor for National Geographic magazine. Two of her books, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey and Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine & the Murder of a President, were ranked on the New York Times best-seller list and named a best book of the year by multiple publications. Her most recent edition includes Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill. Millard’s work has also appeared in Time Magazine, Washington Post Book World and the New York Times Book Review. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and three children.
Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the New York Times best-selling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero and What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Pratt Institute. Laura grew up as the youngest of three girls, surrounded by art, music, and books.

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Sponsorship Information

The Celebration of Reading event helps raise both awareness and funds to support the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which is dedicated to establishing literacy as a value in every home in America. The foundation funds the development of innovative family literacy projects in which parents and their children learn and read together.

Sponsored tables and tickets are available at various prices. For more detailed sponsor benefits and ticket information click HERE.

Our 2017 Sponsorship Commitment Form is available HERE.

Thank you to all our 2016 Celebration Sponsors. View the list HERE


Celebration Committee

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Doro Bush Koch
Honorary Chair, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Jeb Bush, Jr.
Honorary Chair, Celebration of Reading

Celebration of Reading Event Chairs
Fred and Autumn Karlinsky

ALUMNI AUTHORS

  • Dr. Arthur Agatston
  • Julianna Baggott
  • Derrick Barnes
  • Andrea Beaty
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Paulette Bourgeois
  • James Bradley
  • Marc Brown
  • Christopher Buckley
  • Laura Bush
  • Doro Bush Koch
  • Donovan Campbell
  • Eric Carle
  • Harlan Coben
  • Joanna Cole
  • Jill Conner Browne
  • Robin Cook
  • Michael Crichton
  • Drew Daywalt
  • Steve Doocy
  • Eric Draper
  • Jeffrey Engel
  • Antwone Fisher
  • Fannie Flagg
  • Carl Hiaasen
  • Carol and Mary Higgins Clark
  • A.J. Jacobs
  • Haven Kimmel
  • Greg Kincaid
  • Jeff Kinney
  • Debbie Macomber
  • Mary Matalin
  • James McBride
  • Brad Meltzer
  • Greg Mortenson
  • Bill O’Reilly
  • Dana Perino
  • Susan Orlean
  • Mary Pope Osborne
  • Sharon Robinson
  • Art Smith
  • R.L. Stein
  • Randall Wallace
  • N.D. Wilson
  • Markus Zusak

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301