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Red Hat Literacy Luncheon

15th Annual Red Hat Literacy Luncheon

Our 15th Annual Red Hat Literacy Luncheon was a great success thanks to the support of our sponsors and the 500 + attendees. The Silent Auction, Live Auction, Hat Cake sells and Red Hot Apron sells along with the support we received from you and from many other generous sponsors, we were able to raise over $76,000 to help fund all programs we offer at the Adult Reading Center.

The proceeds of the Luncheon will enable us to fund free English literacy, workforce development, High School Equivalency Credential, and citizenship programs. Through our programs, we are able to transform adult literacy learners into self-sufficient wage earners and parents who are actively in involved in their children’s education. Since the organization was found in 1987, more than 13,500 students have received assistance from the Adult Reading Center. Just last year 26 students received a Texas certificate of High School Equivalency Credential.

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This year we did not have a speaker but instead, we honored the Adult Reading Center's (now former) President and CEO, Mrs. Dale Pillow. Dale Pillow is a founding member of ARC and served as its President & CEO since 2001.

The Board of Directors also presented five $750 'Elissa Rivas Scholarship Fund' awards to some very special students. Included in that was our student speaker, Heather Curley, who gave a motivating speech on her struggles, triumphs and how she will be using her scholarship to earn her Associates Degree and then her bachelor’s degree in business.  Jose Calvillo, Director of Operations, of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, was there to announce the Barbara Bush Award of Excellence to Adult Reading Center's student, Vicente Mujica. We congratulate them all!

At the luncheon, we were able to share a tear jerking 'Hats Off to Dale' video where friends in the community shared their farewells. Representative Ed Thompson shared a Resolution of Texas in her honor.

The Videography was generously donated By Nick De La Torre.

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