Celebration of Reading in Florida, 2014 – A great success!
February 13, 2015 , Save the date!
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The 14th annual Celebration of Reading in Florida, hosted by former Governor Jeb Bush and Columba Bush, along with a host of terrific best-selling authors was an enormous success. The annual fundraiser was held February 14th and raised more than $1-million to support opportunities for America’s young children and their parents to learn together. First Lady Barbara Bush and President Bush greeted and thanked our generous supporters via Skype from their home in Houston.
The day kicked off with our Celebration Breakfast for winners of our annual Celebration Student Writing Contest open to elementary students in the SW Florida area. The 2014 Student Contest winners are posted here. Florida First Lady Ann Scott was on hand to give the student writers a big round of applause!
For the evening program, authors wowing the crowd included Teri Hatcher (via Skype due to weather-related travel issues) actress and author of Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life, Eric Draper, author of Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush, Debbie Macomber, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 170 million copies in print, and Mary Pope Osborne, author of children’s book series Magic Tree House.
The Celebration of Reading evening program and gourmet dinner is always a sell-out event. More to come for the next Florida Celebration event set for Friday, February 13th, 2015.
Sponsorship Information – Florida
Sponsored tables and tickets are available at various prices. For more detailed sponsor benefits and ticket information click HERE.
Our 2014 Sponsorship Commitment Form is available HERE.
Thank you to all our 2014 Celebration Sponsors. View the list HERE.
- Jeb and Columba Bush
- Paul Anderson, Tampa Port Authority
- Carol Jenkins Barnett, Publix Super Markets Charities
- Romero Britto, International Pop Artist and Artistic Activist
- Sandra & Jeb Bush Jr., Spokespersons for Barbara Bush Foundation
- Gary Chartrand, State Board of Education
- Peter Jacobsen, PGA Tour Professional
- Fred & Autumn Karlinsky, Attorney, Parents, and Champions for Reading
- Tom Kuntz, SunTrust
- Brad & Cori Meltzer, Best-Selling Author and Literacy Advocates
- Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
- Sharon Robinson, Educator, Writer, Parent
- Art Smith, Award-Winning Chef
- Tom and Ann Grady
- Fred and Stephanie Pezeshkan
- Samira K. Beckwith and Jim Sievers
- Alan Florez
- The Honorable Dudley and Barbara Goodlette
- Laird A. Lile
- Senator Garrett and Diana Richter
- Raquel A. “Rocky” Rodriguez, Esq.