The Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy organization is hosting its 5th Annual Gift of Literacy Fundraising Luncheon on Friday May 4, organizers announced.
Tickets for the event cost $75 per person, or $125 for those who wish to sit at the author’s table. The luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club at 1601 Bayside Drive.
Author Alan Brennert, who earned an Emmy in 1991 for his work on the series “L.A. Law,” will speak about his bestselling historical novels, “Moloka’i” and “Honolulu.” Other speakers will include participants in the program who will tell how learning to read has changed their lives, organizers said. A silent auction will be held, and Brennert’s books will be available for purchase and signing.
The Literacy Program at the Newport Beach Public Library was founded in 1986 and works with more than 150 adults every year, pairing “learners” with tutors who work one-on-one together. In Orange County, organizers said, there are more than 350,000 people who struggle with basic literacy, and although about 50 program tutors are trained each year, the program typically has a waiting list for tutor training.
The event is the group’s only fundraiser of the year.
For more information call (949) 717-3874, or click here for ticket information.