Find out who will win!

The Speed Read Champion will be crowned!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Reception:   5:00pm-6:30pm

Program:  6:30pm-8:00pm


Local celebrities competing include:

  • Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilwoman At-Large & Majority Whip, City of Philadelphia
  • Stu Bykofsky, Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Lu Ann Cahn, Director of Career Services, Temple University’s School of Media and Communications
  • Loraine Ballard Morrill, News & Community Affairs Director, iHeartMedia
  • Ronnie Polaneczky, Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
  • Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
  • Reece Whitley, 16-year-old, USA Swimming National Age Group Record Holder

With emcee Jim Donovan, CBS 3 Anchor and Consumer ReporterJim Donovan 2016

Enjoy the Mütter Museum before the program, tasty eats, drinks and groovin’ to the music of Mark’s Jazz Crew.  Bid on fabulous trips abroad, top restaurant and theater packages, and more.

September is National Literacy Month: Have fun and support Center for Literacy at the same time!

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Live Auction items include these Fantastic Getaways:

Villa Sassella in Compignano, Italy

Bring the family or gather a group to come for a week to this historic villa just outside the charming town of Lucca. This converted farmhouse with five bedrooms and five bathrooms comfortably sleeps 10 people. The villa sits on more than 60 acres and is 40 minutes from the Pisa airport and an hour and a half from Florence. Villa Sassella’s amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, large dining room, several sitting rooms, large pool, tennis court, game room, extensive gardens and olive groves! The services of a cook, tennis or Italian instructor(s), and a local guide/driver are available for additional fees. Everyone who has visited this villa comes back with rave reviews. www.villasassella.com

Villa available the week of April 23, 2017 only. Winning bidder to make arrangements directly with property owner. Booking to be made by 10/31/16. Travel not included.

Courtesy of Skylight Foundation (John McFadden & Lisa Kabnick).

Glen Mhor Cottage in Glenelg, Scotland

Spend a delightful week in the spectacular Scottish Highlands, known for its magnificent scenery and outdoor recreation. This lovely highland hideaway is suitable for four to five guests in the small coastal village of Glenelg. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty with breathtaking views. The cottage overlooks the Sound of Sleet and the Isle of Skye. Local activities include climbing, walking, fishing, mountain biking, sailing and photography. You’ll also be close to some of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world, including Glenmorangie, Oban, Talisker and more. www.glenmhorcottage.com. Advance reservations required. Available in 2017 on these dates only March 18-25, March 25-April 1, October 14-21 or October 21-28. Winning bidder must coordinate with owners on a mutually agreeable date. Travel not included.

Courtesy of Gerry Allen & Sandra Fernandes.

Ongava Game Reserve (located next to Etosha National Park) in Namibia

Spend 5 days/4 nights on safari in the exclusive Ongava Game Reserve located next to Etosha National Park in Namibia. Four people can choose between staying at Ongava Tented Camp and/or Ongava Lodge, both of which offer creature comforts of private baths, luxury suites, and cooling units, with fabulous views looking out at the preserve and waterholes. Activities include game drives in open jeeps, guided hikes and walks giving you the unique opportunity to see resident elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, bird watching, also visit the Ongava Research Center. Combine with a trip to South Africa for an exceptional three week experience. www.ongava.com/ongava-lodge. Advance reservations required. Dates: year-round, based upon availability. Domestic USA, international and/or intra-Africa flights to/from Ongava Game Reserve are not included; anticipated cost of all travel for each individual is approximately $3,000. All travel should be booked through Premier Tours www.premiertours.com. Book anytime through December 2017.

Courtesy of Skylight Foundation (John McFadden and Lisa Kabnick).

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