Celebrating Literacy At Houston’s Celebration Of Reading Gala

June 3, 2024
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30th Annual Celebration Of Reading Raises $2.2 Million For Two Foundations Named In Honor Of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Priscilla Dickson, Jacob Power, and Michelle Watson

THE SETTING: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston was the recent setting for one of the city’s most beloved and best-attended annual social events. Over 1,200 business leaders, book lovers, sociables, and philanthropists turned out for the 30th annual A Celebration of Reading that benefited two foundations named in honor of Barbara Bush. The 2024 event was made even more special due to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Former President George H.W. Bush.

THE VIBE: The cocktail-attired crowd began the evening mingling in the foyer of the Hobby Center where guests had the opportunity to mingle with featured authors ahead of the evening program. Patrons then took to their seats in the Hobby Center theatre where they were treated to a living room set on the Hobby Center stage.

During the program, literary lovers heard readings from top authors including Jean Becker, Brad Taylor, and Chris Bohjalian. The program closed with a 20-minute set by author and comic Gary Gulman. After the program, revelers then embarked on a delectable multi-course meal courtesy of City Kitchen Catering against a stunning spring hydrangea and tulip tablescapes courtesy of HEB, capping off a perfect evening of great literature, amazing food, and excellent company.

THE NON-PROFIT: A Celebration of Reading, chaired by Neil Bush with Doro Bush Koch, serving as honorary chair raised $2.2 million for the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy. Proceeds from the event will benefit educational initiatives and programs at both foundations on a national level, as well as a local level in Houston.

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