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Spreading the Joy of Reading Virtually

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

“During this disruption, the notion of linking ourselves together for the greater good is what we need to do and what we must do.”-- LINC Founder Mimi Levin Lieber

At LINC’s Virtual Gala, our founder Mimi Levin Lieber, reminded us that LINC links people and resources together to fully support children in learning how to read. LINC unites communities around the value of literacy and education justice. As our world struggles with the consequences of COVID19, LINC’s mission is more critical than ever. LINC works with the New York City families that have been most affected by the current pandemic crisis. Education in our communities is at stake and LINC is actively addressing the challenges our communities are facing today by providing daily early literacy support and comfort through the power of children’s books.

When COVID struck, LINC pivoted quickly to deliver our programs virtually and we could not do it without the generosity and partnership of our donors, supporters, and honorees. LINC’s 2020 Spring Virtual Gala was evidence of this dedication and commitment. Passionate supporters of education in New York City, our honorees Susan and Harry Newton, Tracy Dockray and Mark Rudd inspired magnanimous contributions to our mission of raising readers.

You could feel the energy, warmth and enthusiasm as attendees connected through the virtual chat. Hearts melted over the videos of our honorees, LINC families, and host Lin Oliver, the Executive Director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. To keep with tradition, LINC’s longtime Sotheby's auctioneer Hugh Hildesley brought his voice to our live Text-to-Pledge and messages of commitment, love and encouragement poured in from all corners of the world. We may have not been together in person but this uplifting event brought us together virtually to support NYC children.

Together, we raised $190,000 to continue with our mission of raising readers across our city.

LINC is committed to providing lifelong comfort to our families when they need it most, with books and programs that continue through pandemic and unrest—and we are committed to giving them tools today so that they can build a tomorrow that is equitable for all.

”LINC empowers parents. You can make a huge difference for struggling families during these difficult times and you will directly help children who are disproportionately affected by the current health crisis and school and community closures.” -- LINC Board Chair Carl Folta

As we approach our 25th anniversary, LINC’s purpose will not change. Be part of our movement to mobilize parents, community partners, and literacy advocates to surround children and their families with an interconnected system of support and build education equity.

For highlights of the event, click here to see the Virtual Gala program.


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