On September 14th, the newly-chartered Ladies for Literacy Guild of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation hosted its inaugural Power of Literacy Luncheon, chaired by Alice Mosing, at the River Oaks Country Club. 425 founding members of the guild and community members were in attendance at the luncheon which recognized September as National Literacy Awareness Month and featured keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Brain Sciences. Dr. Kuhl shared her innovative research on how early exposure to language alters the brain and demonstrated that the timing of such exposure early and often in life from birth can play a major role in determining future learning and success of children.
KPRC Anchor Rachel McNeill served as emcee for the event which raised approximately $275,000 to support literacy programs in the community, including a signature initiative of the Ladies for Literacy Guild unveiled during the luncheon. Betty Hrncir, Ladies for Literacy president announced this new initiative - the Curiosity Cruiser, a mobile library in partnership with the Harris County Public Library that will launch next summer in service to children in low-income communities.
We congratulate and extend our deep gratitude to Alice Mosing, Betty Hrncir and the following inaugural Power of Literacy Luncheon committee members for their incredible support: Nancy Ames, Lilly Andress, Julie Baker Finck, Alice Burguieres, Cathy Cleary, Carrie Eickenroht, Lesha Elsenbrook, Sidney Faust, Diane Gendel, Claudia Kreisle, Penny Loyd, Cora Sue Mach, Carolyn Mann, Lynda McReynolds, Trish Morille, Lisa Simon, Kristen Oesch Stubbs, and Stephanie Tsuru. In addition, we thank Phillips 66 for serving as Title Sponsor for the Power of Literacy Luncheon.
To see more photos from the event, please visit the Power of Literacy Inaugural Luncheon photo album on our Facebook page.