Wednesday, May 9
 9 pm
Chelsea Piers
New York, NY


Cocktail Reception

Silent Art Auction

Sit-Down Dinner

Paddle Raiser

Festive Attire



Our Honorees

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The Jackson Lewis P.C. Family has tirelessly supported LitWorld through fundraising and awareness campaigns, placing its core firm values of Quality, Good Works, and Family into action by broadening access to LitClubs and LitCamps for thousands of children. Recognized as a premier firm in workplace representation and other areas of law, Jackson Lewis has a deep history of paying its accomplishments forward in pro bono services and charitable giving.

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Dr. Deborah L. Winston is the Emeritus Deputy Director of the Office of Literacy for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Over the past four years, she has championed LitClubs and passionately engaged in cultivating the reading and writing skills of Detroit's public school students. In her 37 years of experience in education, she has become an expert at creating ideal educational environments and experiences for children and promotes a love of literacy everywhere she goes. 


Art Auction


Masterpieces by LitWorld artists and friends will be in our

silent art auction during the cocktail hour from 6-7 pm.

The award-winning children's author and illustrator is contributing an original illustration to our auction. His books, including The Dot, Ish, and The Word Collector, inspire our LitKids' creativity around the world! 

In addition to an original illustration, signed copies of his latest book, The Word Collector, will be featured throughout the evening, thanks to Scholastic.


Daman A.

Daman A. of our partner organization in Nepal, Rukmini Foundation, created this exceptional piece of art, entitled, A Woman From Nepal. “The model for this work is a LitClub Mentor from Nepal,” he said. “The idea of success is based on how you view yourself, who inspires you, and who is behind you. Ultimately, finding joy in the midst of chaos and doing one's best to ensure we look after others allows us to get the most out of life."

Artist Amelia Moore completed an internship with LitWorld while in college, and eventually joined the staff to spread serious joy full-time. She is a graduate of Amherst College and will begin a Masters program in Art Therapy at Pratt Institute in the fall. "A friend from a writing group that I was in came up with the idea of a giant Malala portrait," she said, "We chose the feathers because they felt peaceful and could weave together in the background behind her."


Tina Villadolid

As a creative advisor for LitWorld, artist and educator Tina Villadolid integrates art into our programming, striving to connect every LitKid and LitWorld mentor to the power of visual storytelling. Her charcoal painting, Nairobi to New York, is from a photograph she took of Mordecai, a LitKid from Kenya. “By looking into the eyes of another,” Tina said, “a dialogue begins. The eyes are not only telling, but also listening. I find this to be an extraordinary way to share our stories, even when nothing is spoken, and when we are worlds apart.”