Room to Read, a global education non-profit that has benefitted 12.4 million children in low-income countries around the world is holding its annual NY gala on May 17 at SECOND.

The evening will raise funds to benefit 50,000 children through Room to Read’s programs in literacy and girls’ education. Room to Read will honor Jamie Forese, President, Citigroup, for Citigroup’s transformational impact on literacy and girls’ education through their e for Education initiative which has raised over $22 million for education-focused non-profits and invested $3.1 million in Room to Read’s programs since 2013; and Samantha Barry for Glamour’s commitment to world change through empowering women and girls through Glamour’s philanthropic initiative, The Girl Project, which aims to unleash the vast economic and social power of girls through education and is currently supporting Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program in Tanzania.

Grammy Award winner, Ashanti will pay tribute to the honorees by performing several songs during the event program.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17th

WHERE: SECOND
The Eventi Hotel
849 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read has benefited 12.4 million children across more than 20,000 communities in 15 countries and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.

Find out more about Room To Read here.

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