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

Check out our auction items!

We are thrilled to present a selection of luxury items and experiences for you to bid on. All proceeds from the online and silent auctions directly support Read Ahead!

Gala Supporters

Thanks to your support, the Books and Beyond Gala has raised over $580,000.



Students First Sponsors

AEA Investors LP

Bloomberg Philanthropies


Carly and David Elson

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP


Elizabeth Grayer and Aidan Synnott

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Goldman Sachs

Jane Eddy

John J. Smith

Julie M. Allen

Julie North and William Fogg

Latham & Watkins LLP

Lindsay and Brian Basloe

Students First Sponsors

Lisa and Sean Fitzgerald

Macquarie Group

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


Oak Hill Advisors

Penguin Random House

Proskauer Rose LLP


Sally Rocker and Chris Paci

Samantha and Adam Friedman

Sandra and David Haas

Sarah and Ted Kamman

Sidley Austin LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 


Teresa and Ned Russell

Tonia and David Steck

Empowerment Sponsors

Denise Seegal Darrow

2018 Books and Beyond Digital Journal

Gala Leadership

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


Julie M. Allen

John J. Smith

Host Committee 

Brian Basloe

Andrew Brimmer

Margaret Shergalis

Ryan Urban

Watch our 2018 gala student speaker share her story!

Thank you to our generous event sponsors for donating their services to Read Ahead

Floral arrangements donated by Starbright Floral Design

Live music during cocktail hour provided by New York’s Best Musicians

Photo booth donated by Soar Photo Booths

For questions about the event, please contact Eboné Gaskins by phone at (212)965-2290 or by email at [email protected].

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