Event to Benefit Early Grade Reading Initiative
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women’s Leadership Council hosted a Casino Night on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury, NJ. Over 130 guests enjoyed classic casino games, dinner, open bar, and entered to win a weekend spa getaway as well as 60 chance auction baskets. Sponsored by Advanced Patient Advocacy, Atlantic Auto Body, Branning Collision Centers, CAPP General Contractors, HealthCheck, Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, and Maaco, the event raised over $35,000 – making it the biggest Women’s Leadership Council fundraiser to date. Event proceeds will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ work in education, specifically its Early Grade Reading initiative.
“The current focus of the Women’s Leadership Council is the Early Grade Reading initiative, which provides summer reading and enrichment opportunities that help combat the summer slide,” says Patricia Howard, a United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Board member and Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council. “During the summer months, children with limited or no access to books and activities fall behind. Each year a child is without these resources, the learning gap widens. By fourth grade, they will never catch up with their peers. Funds raised by this event will advance our work in education and help children read to learn, instead of learning to read, by fourth grade.”
Since its inception in 2014, the Women’s Leadership Council has now raised over $50,000. Funds have enabled an additional classroom of students to attend the Horizons at Rumson Country Day School program, keeping more underprivileged Red Bank children engaged and learning over the summer break. The Horizons program is one of six partners that receive funding to provide summer learning experiences on behalf of the Early Grade Reading initiative.
For more information about how to support the work of the Women’s Leadership Council or become a member, please visit www.uwmoc.org/WLC.