Almanac

Community - September 22, 2010

How sweet it is: Project Read fundraiser

by Renee Batti

Believers in the power of literacy will have a chance to indulge their sweet tooth while sweetening the coffers of Project Read-Menlo Park at the nonprofit's "Taste Desserts for Literacy" fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Burgess Recreation Center in Menlo Park.

The event, which will feature sweets for sampling donated by a range of local businesses, is set for 7 to 9 p.m. It also will include a silent auction, presentation of testimonials and community literacy awards, and live music by Monsters are not Myths, a Bay Area four-piece band that melds rock, blues and folk sounds.

Bakeries, markets and other businesses donating desserts include Cafe Zoe, CoolEatz Catering, Ann's Coffee Shop, Willow Market, Sweets by Sue, Crepes Cafe, Carpaccio, Cedro Ristorante Italiano, JobTrain Culinary Arts Program, Redwood Catering, La Biscotteria, and Trader Joe's.

In addition to donated items winning bidders can take home, the silent auction this year will include a number of experiences. They range from a San Francisco Giants field visit and four lower box tickets; to a tour led by KTVU-TV Channel 2 reporter Rita Williams, for up to six people, of the television station, with a peek at a news show in progress; to lunch with local legislators and professionals.

The annual Taste Desserts event has for the last three years raised money for Project Read-Menlo Park at a time when the program has received diminishing funds from the city, but has seen an ever greater need to provide its service: free tutoring to adults trying to improve their lives by learning to read and write English. The program trains volunteers to work one-on-one with students, and since its founding in 1985 has helped more than 3,000 local adults.

"This year, a portion of the silent auction proceeds will support our program focusing on adults and their preschool-aged children," fundraising event co-chair Kristi Breisch said in a press release. "By serving the whole family, we promote generational literacy in family and community members."

Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They can be purchased at Cafe Zoe, 1929 Menalto Ave.; Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real; the front desk at the Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St.; and the Project Read office in the library.

The Burgess Recreation Center is at 700 Alma St., near the library in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

Go to projectreadmenlopark.org for more information, or call 330-2525.

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