Chocolates & Dancing: A Night of Celebration to Benefit NYC Youth!

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Behind the Book was joined by friends both old and new on Tuesday, November 17, for Youth INC’s annual Gala Celebration Benefit. The night was a resounding success with over 130 tickets and sponsorships sold.

You couldn’t miss us as you walked into the grand ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Friends and supporters gathered around two tables under the Behind the Book banner to enjoy the food, drinks, and entertainment. And we were in fine company!

The annual Youth INC Gala supports New York City nonprofits devoted to youth development and the crowded ballroom was a great testament to the passion and enthusiasm for our city’s young readers, leaders, dancers, and sports stars.

We were thrilled to see teachers we’ve worked with for 10 years chatting with board members who have just joined us this year and long-serving board members mingling with new friends.

This year’s event raised over $65,000. With your generous and much-needed support you will help us reach more than 1,500 students through 55 programs in 2015 and 2016. Your donations help us continue to develop innovative programs that bring literacy to life for our students. Whether we send them back into the past to explore their roots, into the community to instigate social change, or around the neighborhood to chase dragons,  your funding goes directly to the program development, art supplies, and publishing materials that turn our students into the best readers and writers they can be.

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BtB chocolates that decorated our benefit tables.

To all those who joined us on Tuesday night and those who were there in spirit, thank you for your ongoing passion and support.

To see how your donations impact the lives of our students, join us in a classroom or follow us on Facebook and Twitter and join us in a classroom!

Thank you, and happy reading!