Imagine being part of something that helps those serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan feel like they are home, reading a bedtime story with their children, even if only for a few minutes.
Imagine how profoundly loved a child feels when her father takes the time to read her favorite book, while serving in a war zone or on a ship in the Persian Gulf, thousands of miles from home.
“It allows my family and me to continue our tradition of reading aloud to each other. Plus, it brings the sound and sight of me to my seven and nine-year-old daughters who are really having a tough time during this deployment.”
~US Army Soldier and United Through Reading participant
“I like listening to the video, so when I fall asleep I can find you in my dreams.”
~ From this Soldier’s seven-year-old daughter, as conveyed to her father
We connect families through good books. When separated by service across oceans and continents, United Through Reading®offers deployed parents the opportunity to be recorded on DVD reading storybooks to their children at home from more than 300 recording locations around the world. Military moms and dads participate in United Through Reading on nearly every deployed US Navy ship, in tents in Iraq and Afghanistan, in more than 70 USOs around the world and on bases and installations worldwide.
On Saturday, November 12th, 2011 we will present the third annual Storybook Ball at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine - a black tie dinner and auction in support of our continued efforts to serve more military families every year.
Tickets may be purchased through this website or by calling 858.481.7323. For more information, please email email@example.com.
For those of you who weren't able to join us last year, here is a quick look back at Storybook Ball 2010. . .
United Through Reading celebrated serving more than one million beneficiaries at the Storybook Ball on November 14th, 2010. More than 300 friends of United Through Reading gathered at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine to enjoy good food, fine wines, fantastic silent and live auctions, and moving tributes to our honorees.
The gala fundraising event, chaired by Carol Raiter with Honorary Chair, Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was a fantastic success. We were pleased to be able to honor the USO and the President and CEO of the USO, Sloan Gibson for the power of a partnership that has allowed us to reach thousands more service men and women; United Through Reading liaison for the USO at Joint Base Balad in Iraq, Bettie Stone; and title sponsor, Target, whose belief in our work, commitment to military families and unending support has made all the difference.
The board and staff of United Through Reading is grateful for the support of our donors and humbled by the service of our volunteers. Our heartfelt thanks to all who participated in our 2010 Storybook Ball!