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‘Reading between the Wines’: It’s Literacy for Life’s fundraiser, and it will be virtual this year

Participants of Reading Between the Wines will have the opportunity to sit at home and either dress up or sit in comfy clothes while sipping wine and playing games. (WYDaily/Courtesy Literacy for Life)
Participants of Reading Between the Wines will have the opportunity to sit at home and either dress up or sit in comfy clothes while sipping wine and playing games. (WYDaily/Courtesy Literacy for Life)

Like many nonprofit fundraisers this year, Literacy for Life’s annual Reading Between the Wines even has become virtual.

The event helps Literacy for Life raise money to help several hundred adult learners improve health literacy, getting a driver’s license, helping their kids with homework, obtaining U.S. citizenship, or getting a better job, according to a news release from Joan Peterson, executive director.

Peterson said they had multiple speakers last year and a silent auction. This year, there is only one guest speaker, Lara Prescott, author of the New York Times best seller, “The Secrets We Kept.”

Peterson added she thinks this year will be even better than last year despite being virtual.

“I personally think it will be even more fun because we have so many games and activities planned,” Peterson said.

Allison Gaschen, event planner, said there will be a mysterious game where each person will be given an identity and the entire party has to figure out who the mole is. There will also be a “live” wine tasting, trivia, themed bingo, music, and a presentation from Prescott.

Every guest will get a swag box filled with items and instructions before the event. Throughout the evening, there will be prizes, one of them being a signed copy of Prescott’s novel.

“The Secrets We Kept” is Prescott’s debut novel inspired by the true story of a CIA plot to smuggle Boris Pasternak’s “Doctor Zhivago” out of Soviet Russia. It has already been translated in more than 30 languages, will be adapted for television, and was a Hello Sunshine Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick.

Also acting as emcee for the event will be Glenn Lavender, owner of the Silver Hand Meadery and previous winner of Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars.

In a news release from Literacy for Life, they said they expect about 300 attendees to join virtually. Peterson added the event is one that raises a majority of funds for Literacy for Life, and without, the organization would not be able to reach their goal of helping people in the community.

The event will be on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Regular admission tickets are $97 and allow up to two people to enter the Zoom event. A VIP ticket is $127 and includes regular admission with personal time with the author during the event, sparkling wine, and a themed dessert.

All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Literacy for Life.

To buy tickets, you can visit the Literacy for Life website.

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