San Diego (November 7, 2016) – This Saturday, Nov. 12, United Through Reading will celebrate 27 years of service to military families at the 8th annual Storybook Ball in Coronado. The annual gala, now in its eighth year, will host United Through Reading supporters from across the nation, including business and military leaders, elected officials, corporations, and others, to celebrate the organization’s support of U.S. service members and their families through the read-aloud experience.
“The annual Storybook Ball gives us the opportunity to recognize and thank the many volunteers, organizations, and individual benefactors without whom the work we do at United Through Reading would not be possible,” says Dr. Sally Ann Zoll, CEO of United Through Reading. “It is a special occasion that brings together those who support our military service members and their families, and we look forward to celebrating UTR’s achievements and progress with them.”
During the gala, United Through Reading will honor NBC 7 San Diego and Carter’s Charitable Foundation for their support of United Through Reading commitment to military families and children. The Storybook Ball will also present an award to Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) for her support of the local military community.
Attendees will hear keynote remarks from United Through Reading supporter, Navy Vice Admiral Michael Shoemaker, as well as beneficiaries Captain Maureen Fox, USN, and her daughter Grace, Captain Caleb Eames, USMC, and his wife Monette, and Lieutenant Matthew Stroup, USN, and his wife, Jenny-Lynne.
With long time UTR supporter and title sponsor BAE Systems, Inc., and major corporate sponsorship from Ausgar Technologies, Inc., Cobham, and others, United Through Reading’s gala attracts supporters in both San Diego and across the nation, to celebrate millions of shared bedtime stories and raise funds to continue the mission started more than 27 years ago. The cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., and the live auction and program begin at 7 p.m.
For more information on United Through Reading and the Storybook Ball visit unitedthroughreading.org or call 858-481-7323.
About United Through Reading
United Through Reading is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public benefit organization that has served military families for 27 years; its mission is to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. United Through Reading offers service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to children at home which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections, and cultivates a love of reading and early childhood literacy. At more than 200 recording locations worldwide, service members can read to the children who are special to them on military bases and outposts, deployed U.S. Navy ships, U.S. Coast Guard cutters and at select USO host sites. Since its inception, nearly 2 million military parents, spouses, and children have benefited from the program.