31st Love of Literacy Luncheon Raises $175,000 for Palm Beach County Programs Focused on Fighting Illiteracy – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

Left to right: Debra Ghostine, Luncheon Co-Chair and Boca Raton Resident, Bernadette O’Grady, Luncheon Co-Chair, Author Elizabeth Berg, Stephanie Glavin, Kristin Calder, and Susan Rabinowitz

Boca Raton, Fla. – Local children and adults struggling with a lack of literacy skills will benefit from the success of this year’s Love of Literacy luncheon. The event, which is the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County’s largest annual fundraiser, raised $175,000.

Best-selling author Elizabeth Berg was a huge hit with luncheon attendees. Berg is the author of the 2021-22 book “Read Together Palm Beach County”, Arthur Truluv’s Story. The reading campaign started in November 2021 and ended with the Love of Literacy luncheon on April 1, 2022. Berg is the author of many best-selling novels, including 3 that have become TV movies.

Literacy Coalition board members Bernadette O’Grady and Debra Ghostine co-chaired the luncheon. Special thanks to our many sponsors:

  • Bank of America, Presenting Sponsor
  • Paul and Nancy Zarcadoolas, platinum sponsor
  • Gentle Medicine Associates, Inc., Barbara and Len Gray, Greenberg Traurig, PA, Kosinski Foundation & The Robinson Family Foundation, and Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA, Gold Sponsors
  • Akerman, LLP, Simone and Peter Bonutti, First Horizon Foundation, Florida Power & Light, Lewis, Longman & Walker, PA, Levenger Foundation, Lynn University, Plastridge Insurance and Bernadette O’Grady/WPTV 5, Silver Sponsors.

The Coalition provides adult and family literacy programs, children’s literacy programsand one AmeriCorps Literacy Program, all aimed at improving the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. Almost half of the 3rd Palm Beach County students do not read at the grade level. Additionally, more than 22% of Palm Beach County residents age 16 or older lack basic literacy skills, according to the National Center for Education Statistics 2020.

To learn more about the Literacy Coalition, please visit www.LiteracyPBC.orgor call 561-279-9103.

About the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition

Recipient of the coveted 4-star Charity Navigator rating for 13 consecutive years, the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County strives to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. In Palm Beach County, 22% of adults ages 16 and older lack basic literacy skills and cannot fill out a job application or read a bus schedule, and nearly half of all students third graders do not read at grade level. Through extensive outreach and collaboration with a network of community partners, the Literacy Coalition works to ensure that people who need to improve their literacy skills get the help they need. By providing services to 46,867 adults, children and families each year, the Literacy Coalition’s goal is that every child and adult in Palm Beach County can read.

Dr. Regine and Gary Battle of Delray Beach

Photo: Tracey Benson Photography