SOURCE: Room to Read

Room to Read

October 14, 2009 10:00 ET

Room to Read Boston Chapter to Host "An Evening With John Wood"

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2009) - Room to Read's Boston Chapter will host "An Evening with John Wood," an inspirational fundraising event on Thursday, November 5, 2009. The evening will feature a presentation by John Wood, Room to Read's founder and executive chairman.

Wood is a three-time speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative, a five-time winner of Fast Company's Social Capitalist Award and the only non-Asian to be honored with TIME Magazine's Asian Heroes Award. The author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, he has appeared on Oprah, CNN, PBS, CNBC and countless other outlets.

The November event, meant to raise awareness for Room to Read's international education programs, will feature live and silent auctions. Jenny Johnson, NECN's executive producer of "TV Diner" and host of the "Jenny Cam" and "New England Dream House," will serve as emcee for the evening. Eldred's Auction Gallery will host the live auction, and entertainment will be provided by the HoneyMac Jazz Ensemble.

"With its excellent academic institutions and rich literary history, Boston has long been a center of reading and learning," said Wood. "Room to Read's mission to provide quality educational opportunities for children in the developing world really resonates with Bostonians. I look forward to meeting with our supporters there in November."

Auction items to be offered at the event include a week on Nantucket; a week in Burgundy, France; Cape Cod vacations; Patriots tickets with on-field pass and post-game reception; a signed Wes Welker jersey; Red Sox box seats; a signed Jonathan Papelbon baseball; a private flight to Nantucket for a day of golf; private yoga lessons and many other items.

The event will take place at the Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. The VIP reception, with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, begins at 6 p.m. Doors open for the general reception, light dinner and auction at 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, please visit:

About Room to Read

Room to Read is an innovative non-profit leader dedicated to promoting and enabling global education. Founded in 2000, the organization has supported over three million children by providing increased access to higher-quality educational opportunities. Room to Read has established more than 700 schools and over 7,000 bilingual libraries with five million books, and continues to support the education of nearly 7,000 girls.

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