Join us!

Read Ahead's Annual Books and Beyond Gala
A Celebratory Evening of Inspiring Stories
Dedicated to the 1,000 children in Read Ahead who benefit from the reading-based mentoring program in the 15 schools we serve throughout New York City.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tribeca 360
10 Desbrosses Street

6:00 PM Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction

7:00 PM Dinner and Program

Dessert Reception

Host Roma Torre, NY1 Daytime Anchor and Chief Theater Critic
Charity Auctioneer Aileen Agopian

Festive/Business Attire
Purchase Your Table or Ticket


Thank you to our distinguished honoree, BounceX, for their unwavering support of Read Ahead's mission.

BounceX‘s partnership with Read Ahead extends beyond P.S. 51 and P.S. 130 where their employees have volunteered as mentors. From providing office space for new mentor training to sharing their love of learning with Read Ahead mentees, we are inspired by BounceX’s generosity.  

Gala Supporters

We are thankful to our Books and Beyond Gala Supporters.


Students First Sponsors

Lisa & Rob Abel

AEA Investors LP

Julie M. Allen

Lindsay & Brian Basloe

Bloomberg Philanthropies


Colgate-Palmolive Company

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP


Jane Eddy

Ernst & Young

Lisa & Sean Fitzgerald

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Goldman Sachs

John Giouroukakis

Elizabeth Grayer & Aidan Synnott

Students First Sponsors

Sandra & David Haas

Sarah & Ted Kamman

Kim & Jonathan Kushner

Latham & Watkins LLP

Macquarie Group

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


Julie North & William Fogg


Proskauer Rose LLP

Sally Rocker & Christopher Paci

Theresa & Ned Russell

Sidley Austin LLP

John J. Smith

Tonia & David Steck

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Empowerment Sponsors
Denise Seegal Darrow
Carly & David Elson
Samantha & Adam Friedman
Guardian Life Insurance
Penguin Random House
Tudor Investment Corporation

Gala Leadership

Thank you to our gala host committee members who helped to plan and execute this event.


Julie M. Allen

John J. Smith

Auction Committee 

Brian Basloe, Co-Chair

Andrew Brimmer, Co-Chair

Matt Amalfitano

Maddy Gaiman

Sandra Haas

Anna Nordvig

Denise Seegal Darrow

2019 Books and Beyond Digital Journal

For questions about the event, please contact Lori Feren by phone at (212) 965-2290 or by email at

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