Published On: Thu, Mar 23rd, 2023

Love of Literacy Luncheon Raises More Than $250,000

(L to R): Stephanie Kahlert (Hypoluxo), Leslie Coughlan (Ocean Ridge), Elisa Glazer (Delray Beach resident/Boca Raton employee at NCCI), Telsula Morgan (Riviera Beach), Debra Ghostine (Boca Raton) and Bernadette O’Grady (Palm Beach Gardens)

Proceeds to Benefit Literacy Programs for Local Adults and Children

Boynton Beach, FL – The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is celebrating its most successful fundraiser to date. The 32nd annual Love of Literacy Luncheon  presented by Bank of America raised more than $250,000. The proceeds will fund local literacy programs aimed at helping children and adults succeed in school and life.

Nearly 600 supporters attended the March 9th event to hear New York Times bestselling author Paula McLain share how reading has impacted her life. McLain is best known for her hit novels The Paris WifeCircling the Sun, and Love and RuinHer latest hit, When the Stars Go Darkis a suspense novel that weaves together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory, and a hint of the metaphysical. McLain drew from her experience growing up in the foster care system to create the lead character in the book.

In addition to Presenting Sponsor Bank of America, the Coalition is grateful for the support of: Platinum Sponsors Brenda Medore and Paul & Nancy Zarcadoolas; Gold Sponsors Akerman, LLP, Gentle Medicine Associates, Inc., Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Karen Rogers, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., The Palm Beach Post,and Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA; Silver Sponsors Cozen O’Connor P.C., First Horizon Foundation, Len & Barbara Gray, Simone & Peter Bonutti and Patricia & David Knobel, Levenger Foundation, Lynn University, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, Nason, Yeager, Gerson, Harris & Fumero, P.A., NCCI, Bernadette O’Grady and WPTV 5, and US Bank.

Elisa Glazer of NCCI in Boca Raton and Telsula Morgan of Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A. in West Palm Beach co-chaired the luncheon.

For more information about the Literacy Coalition, please visit or call 561-279-9103.

About the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
A recipient of the coveted 4-star Charity Navigator rating for 13 consecutive years, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County works to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. In Palm Beach County, 22% of adults age 16 older lack basic literacy skills and cannot fill out a job application or read a bus schedule and nearly half of all third graders are not reading on grade level. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, the Literacy Coalition strives to ensure that individuals who need to improve their literacy skills receive the help they need. By providing services to 49,876 adults, children and families each year through nine programs at 159 sites, the Literacy Coalition’s goal is for every child and every adult in Palm Beach County to be able to read.

(L to R): Nancy Vera (Delray Beach), Kathryn Barbieri (Delray Beach), author Paula McLain, Maggie Dickenson (Delray Beach) and Nancy Dockerty (Delray Beach)

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