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“Reading Between the Wines” presented by the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is a huge success!

posted Feb 19, 2013, 2:23 PM by Crissy Nolen
“Reading Between the Wines” was held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Safari Texas Ranch. At this inaugural event, Honorary Chair Dee Koch and Master of Ceremonies Bob Allen hosted a night filled with amazing food, brilliant New York Times best-selling authors and fabulous wine provided by Allison Wen and Safari Texas Ranch. Commissioner James Patterson entertained guests as the evening’s auctioneer and helped raise over $28,000 during a very spirited live auction that featured a trip to the Russian River Valley in California, sports packages, Valentine’s Day packages and a variety of other popular items.. 

Blue Willow Books was on location with all of featured author’s books and enjoyed a brisk business as guests purchased books from the featured authors. Guests were able to mix and mingle with these wonderful authors before and after hearing them speak. The attendees were quite moved listening to Leila Meacham and Taylor Stevens tell their stories. John DeMers, Crystal Allen and Stephanie Jaye Evans were wonderful additions to this year’s author roster and added a nice local touch to the evening. 

This first of its kind event, showcased some of the area’s best restaurants, including Blu, Jus’ Mac, Ray’s Grill, Lasagna House, La Escondida, The Swinging Door, Dulce, Russo’s Coal Fired Italian Kitchen, The Curry Cup, Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, Berryhill, Jambones and Nothing Bundt Cake.

Event sponsors included Classic Chevrolet, Safari Texas Ranch, Fort Bend Focus Magazine and Focus on Women Magazine, Pamela Printing, Michael Schiff & Sharon Hymes, Pamela M. Logsdon, Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc., Riverstone Development, Mitchell & Duff, LLC, Arlene Rolsen, Betty Clark, Bill Hickl, Carl and Mary Favre, NALCO an Ecolab Company, Sleep Inn and Suites, Amegy Bank, Angela M. Pheiffer Ph. D Clinical Psychologist, Iberia Bank, Mitchell & Duff LLC, Peter & Mary Jackson, Bob & Carol Brown, Carpenter & Carpenter, David & Shayne Newell, David & Brenda Bowman, and IBC Bank.

We would also like to thank our Host Committee including, Danny and Brenda Durand, Carl and Mary Favre, Mike and Shannon Bloesch, Alan and Karen Harding, Paul and Gena Horak, Ray and Janet Meyer, Randy and Gail Parker for everything they have did to ensure this evening was a huge success.

As with any event, none of it would have been possible without the hard work and time donated by our volunteers, so to all of the generous people that helped make this wonderful night happen, thank you! 

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