Newport Beach, CA (July 28, 2015) – The Literacy Project’s (TLP) 6nd annual “What Dreams Are Made Of” Gala on Saturday, September 19 at the Island Hotel has raised over $30,000 in sponsorships alone to help TLP continue to provide their proprietary 30-hour reading program at “no cost” to struggling readers in elementary school classrooms throughout Southern California. Coming in at $15,000, Wienerschnitzel will be the Presenting Sponsor, followed by a $5,000 donation from Disneyland Resort and $2,500 donations from JoAnn Albers, Frome Family Foundation, Susan and Gary C. Grant Trust and Jeannie Lawrence.

Cindy Galardi Culpepper, CEO of Wienerschnitzel, is extremely proud to help enable at-risk and disadvantaged youth increase their reading skills and their love for learning. “The work of The Literacy Project is very near and dear to my heart as I believe that without literacy, children will be missing a skill that is vital to achieving their dreams. I feel a great sense of responsibility to help ensure our students are equipped with the tools they need to succeed in school, in their careers, and in life,” said Galardi Culpepper.

The evening will be filled with refreshing cocktails, an exciting silent and live auction, a four-course meal, a short program and DJ “Music Makes You Move” for dancing. TLP’s annual fundraising event brings together philanthropists, literacy experts, passionate supporters of education and those who care to give the gift of literacy to at-risk students performing below English proficiency. Accompanied by their adult role models, three students who have shown tremendous improvement after completing TLP’s reading program will highlight the event and share their future dreams of being successful literate adults.

About The Literacy Project

To-date, TLP has helped more than 3,700 struggling readers throughout Long Beach, Orange County, and Coachella Valley. TLP offers a comprehensive instructional program that improves both academic and attitudinal levels of students performing well below English proficiency standards. The academic segment utilizes a reading game, which was co-developed by The Regents of the University of California. Aligned with Common Core and collaborative learning methods, TLP conducts 30 one-hour sessions, five days a week, during the six-week program cycle. The program is administered by TLP’s Master Teachers who are highly credentialed as reading and language arts specialists. The program is provided at “no cost” to both the school and at-risk students in the second grade. The program teaches the fundamental principles of phonics and literacy in all three learning modalities—auditory, visual and tactile—critical to children with varying learning styles.

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