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5pm VIP Authors’ Reception
6:30pm Program
Dinner to follow

For the past 26 years, the Bush family has been recognizing the tremendous power of literacy at A Celebration of Reading, a unique event featuring national bestselling authors and notable entertainers who bring their talent to the stage of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Former First Lady Barbara Bush designed the event to shine the light on her cause of literacy and demonstrate to everyone that reading is joyful and a foundational skill for living the American Dream. A Celebration of Reading is indisputably one of Houston’s top charitable events and is hosted by one of the most beloved families in our nation.

VIP guests begin their special evening with a reception during which they mix and mingle with members of the Bush family and the line-up of bestselling authors, while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeurves. All guests then proceed to the theater to enjoy the program, a professional production in which prominent authors artfully share their stories and entertainers delight guests with their talent. As hosts for the evening, the Bush family enlightens guests with their humor, while at the same time creating a sense of intimacy and connectedness through their love for one another and passion for the literacy cause. Following the program, guests enjoy a seated dinner and more time to converse before going home with a book written by one of the authors.

Proceeds from A Celebration of Reading benefit local literacy programs through the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and national efforts through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

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Committee Chairs
Neil and Maria Bush


Iris and Bill Griffiths
Betty and John Hrncir
Elizabeth and Drayton McLane
Janice McNair
Sue Smith
Annette and George Strake

Shahla and Hushang Ansary
Susan and Jim Baker
Ginger Blanton
Lynn and Peter Coneway
Gail and Greg Garland


Kelli and Eddy Blanton
Leslie and Jack Blanton
Susan Bruch
Deborah and Gardner Cannon
Martha and Mark Carnes
Charlene Carroll
Wendy and Bill Chiles
Cathy and Joe Cleary
Lisa and Mark Coffin
Molly and Jim Crownover
Rose and Harry Cullen
Jill and Brad Deutser
Brenda and John Duncan
Cary Dunham
Terri and Greg Ebel
Patricia and Lon Edwards
Sidney and Don Faust
Ellen and Tommy Ford
Lily and Charles Foster
Lisa and Ray Garcia
Grace and Robert Givens
Rhonda and Michael Graff
Joanie and Don Haley
Gina and Brian Hanson
Terri and John Havens
Mary and Dennis Johnston
Pat and David Jones
Carolyn Keating
Terri Lacy and Jim Baird
Lisa and Ryan Lance
Amy and Gentry Lee
Carolyn and David Light

Carolyn and Mike Mann
Soraya and Scott McClelland
Amy and Kyle McCully
Karen McGee and Mark Frankland
Kathrine McGovern
Linda and Jim McIngvale
Ann and Rob McKee
Hannah and Cal McNair
Melanie and Mace Meeks
Karen and Scott Miracle
Alice and Keith Mosing
John Nau
Sally and Charles Neblett
Roxann and Tim Neumann
Mariloli and Marvin Odum
Kay Onstead
Faith and Blair Parker
Louise and Bob Parsley
Susie Peake
Stephanie and Scott Pierce
Gloria Portela and Richard Evans
Mary Ellen and Scott Prochazka
Nathalie and Charles Roff
Deborah and Monte Stavis
Anne Taylor and Edward Harris
Ty and Lee Tillman
Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
Dick Wainerdi
Andrea and Bill White
Constance White

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Learn More About A Celebration of Reading

Aubrey Leatherman, Development Coordinator
Allan Marshall, Chief Development Officer

For more information, please call 346-212-2310 or