Of Wine & Words

OF WINE & WORDS is The Reading Connection’s (TRC) annual benefit and auction to support our mission to stem the cycle of poverty in the metro DC region through early education and literacy access.

More than 120,000 children in our community live in poverty, and we know children in poverty also live in “book deserts”— only one age-appropriate book for 300 children.

Each year more than 200 philanthropists, government and business executives, and community thought leaders gather to raise awareness for the importance of TRC’s early childhood education and literacy programs. Join us at Of Wine & Words.  Together we can be the difference in a child’s life.

Join Us!

Friday, April 28, 2017

7 to 10 p.m.
VIP Sponsor Tour at 6 p.m.

The Whittemore House
1626 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

General Admission Tickets: $150

TRC Volunteer Tickets:  $100

Click Here to Become a Sponsor

For more info, email Summer Parrish, Director of Development: sparrish@thereadingconnection.org

Children need to hear at least 1,000 stories before they can learn to read themselves.  (Mem Fox, Reading Magic)

  • By age 4, children who live below the poverty line are 18 months behind in vocabulary development than is normal for their age group, a gap that remains through at least age 10 (3rd grade), and often far beyond. And that gap is even larger for children living in the poorest families. (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2007)
  • Children not on reading level by the end of 3rd grade are more likely to drop out of high school. (Annie E. Casey Foundation, Early Warning: Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, 2010)
  • Research has shown that reading aloud to children “is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.” (Becoming a Nation of Readers, 1985)