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Reading to Kids 20th Anniversary Celebration

Party Like It's 1999 again as we celebrate 20 years of Reading To Kids at our Comedy Night & Silent Auction! The evening features hilarious comics, a lively silent auction, and a night of fun
with Reading to Kids!


Want to help?

Click here for the 20th Anniversary postcard for sharing online or forwarding to anyone you know who may be interested in going.

Please also print out the postcard and hang it wherever many people are likely to see it, perhaps with a note that you are going and inviting others to join you.

If you can volunteer at the event for two or more hours from as early as 4pm until the end, please call the Reading to Kids office at (310) 479-7455 or email

We are looking for sponsors! Click here for our sponsorship opportunities.

• Check out the Silent Auction List below!

If you have questions, please call the Reading to Kids office at (310) 479-7455 or email
Online ticket sales have ended – please buy tickets at the door (ideally, before 7:30pm, if possible), just $35! Cash, check, or credit card accepted

Who's Attending So Far?
(as of 5/11/19, updated daily)

• Sana Ahmed
• Linda Antonioli
• Jacqueline Apuzzo
• Heather & Jason Axe
• Karen Badon
• Steve Baumgartner
• Clint Bohn +1
• Dalet Brady +1
• Patrick Brown +1
• Tanya Carabio +1
• Zilu Chen
• Robyn Chew
• Stephanie Cheng+1
• Meredith Cruse +1
• Jamey DeKay +3
• Raul Fernandez +1
• Becky Gimple
• Dottie Goldstein+1
• Gloria Greengard +1
• Kirstin Harper-Smith +1
• Edgar & Hernandez +1
• Joanna & Hess +1
• Heather Horn
• Ali Husain
• Aprille Isham
• Matthew Jones
• Amelia Kacena +1
• Becca Kennedy +1
• Nicole Kong
• Sam Laskey
• Winne Liu +1
• Nancy Lyon
• Cheryl Mahaffey
• Carole Martin +1
• Christopher Martin +1
• Daniel Martinez
• Mark May
• Bryan McNeil +1
• Jeanine Miller
• Jennifer Monroy +1
• Cynthia Montes
• Melissa Norton
• Presilah Nunez +1
• Ryan O'Donnell+1
• Jami Olson
• Sue Olson
• Carrie & Charlie Orchard
• Cathy Ostiller +1
• Richard Ostiller
• Nida Peralta +1
• Tam Premsrirath
• David Rickard
• Jackie Rivera
• Glenn Rossney
• Beth Ryan +1
• Emily Sandersfeld +1
• Eileen Scahill
• Prince Selvage
• Sophie Shamitz
• Margaret Struve +1
• Armin Szatmary +1
• Stan Thompson
• Jon Tomlin +1
• Bill Tortu
• Selina Vazquez
• Patrick White +1
• Jan Wyrick
• Jing Xu

20th Aniversary Silent Auction Items
(Last updated 5/11/19)
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1 Four Disneyland/California Adventure One Day Park Hopper Tickets
Make your dreams come true with these four One Day Park Hopper Tickets for entrance to both Disneyland Park and California Adventure. Expire 2/27/21, not valid 12/25-12/31 of any year.

    Donated by Disneyland Resort
$716 $215
2 Certificate for 4 to the exclusive, world famous Magic Castle
A night of magic for up to 4 guests at the Magic Castle, the world famous clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. No cover charge or drink minimum, though dinner, drinks and valet parking not included. Must purchase dinner or brunch at the Magic Castle. If group includes those under 21, limited to Saturday or Sunday brunch, per Magic Castle age restrictions.

    Donated by the Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.
Priceless $40

2 tickets to an American Contemporary Ballet performance during their 2019-20 season in downtown Los Angeles.
ACB produces original contemporary classical ballets, and presents twentieth-century masterworks that exemplify dance as a musical art form. The company's repertory includes works by George Balanchine, Fred Astaire, Lincoln Jones and reconstructions of the seminal works of ballet's history. See their schedule at Not good on opening night shows. Expires 6/1/2020.

     Donated by American Contemporary Ballet

$180 $50
4 One voucher for a one-hour, in-home professional massage
Heather Stillman is a nationally certified massage therapist with 20 years' experience. She has training in many types of massage modalities, including Swedish/relaxation, deep/structural, Cranial-Sacral, Zero Balancing, Shiatsu, pregnancy, and acupressure. Expires 5/11/2020.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer
    Heather Stillman
$100 $40
5 $150 Gift Card for Pechanga Resort & Casino
Stay in luxury at this AAA Four Diamond Award resort. Located minutes off I-15 in Temecula, California, Pechanga has it all – gaming, luxury accommodations, golf, spa, dining, pool, and more. Gift card is redeemable throughout Pechanga Resort & Casino, excluding gaming credit. Expires 12/30/2020.

    Donated by Pechanga Resort & Casino
$150 $30
6 Four tickets to Knott's Berry Farm
From the big thrills of Silver Bullet and Xcelerator to the little thrills of Camp Snoopy, Knott's Berry Farm has the kid of fun you are looking for in a place where the fun never ends! Expire 12/31/19.

    Donated by Knott's Berry Farm
$300 $80
7 4 unlimited ride wristbands for Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
Experience a day of fun at Pacific Park with unlimited rides at the twelve different attractions for both kids and adults. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Expires 5/11/2020.

    Donated by Pacific Park
$132 $35
8 DVD sets of White Collar: The Complete Fourth Season and The Complete Fifth Season autographed by co-star Tim DeKay, and poster of The Rookie TV show, autographed by 9 cast members! Priceless $25
9 Gift certificate for a "Make Your Own Pizza Play Date" for 4 kids at Fresh Brothers Pizza•Salad•Things
It's a party like no other and very fresh! Kids make their own kid-size pizzas anyway they want to (so long as they're edible) and decorate the box they'll go into after baking in the oven. Everybody gets dough to play with, plus a one-of-a-kind "I Made My Own at Fresh Brothers" t-shirt, too. Fun? They'll eat it up! Play dates only held Monday-Friday between 1-4pm at all their locations except Manhattan Beach.

    Donated by Fresh Brothers
$85 $20
10 4 passes to The World Famous Laugh Factory on Sunset in Hollywood
Need more than one night of comedy this year? Use these 4 complimentary passes for a show at The Laugh Factory, "Over 5 Billion Jokes Told!" Must be 21 and over, make reservations at least a week in advance, and 2 drink minimum purchase per ticket during show. Tickets expire 8/11/19.

    Donated by The World Famous Laugh Factory
$80 $20
11 Total Wine & More Private Wine Class for 20
Treat your friends, family, and fellow wine lovers to a private wine tasting for up to 20 people in the classroom of any of their stores.

Total Wine & More will host an event that is certain to impress you and your guests. Taste eight of their premium, hand-selected wines and discover hidden treasures from the wine region of your choosing.

Your guests will enjoy a tour of the land and learn about the famed appellations and grape varietals that make each region so unforgettable.
One of their wine experts will be on hand to present and discuss each delicious wine during your two hour tasting, which can be arranged as a seated class-style or more casual walk-around event.

Total Wine & More will provide all necessary stemware and educational handouts for tasting notes. Minimum attendee requirement 14; four weeks lead time required from request date to event date; classes cannot be held on holiday weekends or during last seven weeks of the year. Expires 1/1/2021

    Donated by Total Wine & More
$500 $100
12 Treat Yourself and Friends!
A certificate for an evening for 10 guests at Kiehl's in Santa Monica, and a haircut, blowdry conditioning treatment and two blowdries with conditioning treatments by Irene Vaksberg Salon

You and nine guests will receive expert, personalized consultations, facials, and hand massages at their store at 1516 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. 3 weeks advance arrangement required, blackout dates 11/1 - 12/31.

Then use these gift certificates from Irene Vaksberg at Pico and La Cienega for a haircut, blowdry conditioning and another two blowdries with conditioning. Certificates expire 12/31/19.

    Donated by Kieh's Santa Monica & Irene Vaksberg
$525 $75
13 4 hours of one-on-one crocheting lessons
You and a friend will simultaneously receive 4 hours of crocheting lessons with Gloria Greengard. Gloria is an excellent crocheter with more than 40 years of experience, including making items such as sweaters, hats and scarves, toys, eyeglass cases, doll clothes, artwork, baby clothes and blankets, pillows, and water-bottle holders. Lessons must take place within the greater Los Angeles area, and can cover: making and combining the basic stitches; choosing hooks and yarn; understanding and modifying patterns, gauge, and motifs; working in the round; edgings; etc.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer
    Gloria Greengard
$150 $35
14 A Day at the LA County Fair
Four any day tickets and a general parking pass to the 2019 LA County Fair in Pomona from August 30 - September 22. Ticket request form must be submitted by August 19, 2019. Details about the fair are at

    Donated by Fairplex
$95 $25
15 Framed screen print signed of A Message from our Sponsor signed by Shepard Fairey
This is a print signed by famed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey.

    Donated by Obey Giant Art Inc.
$500 $100
16 Framed screen print signed of Invisible to the Eye signed by Shepard Fairey
This is a print signed by famed contemporary artist Shepard Fairey.

    Donated by Obey Giant Art Inc.
$500 $100
17 Super Movie Gift Basket
This gift basket is chock full of movie items, including DVDs of Kong Skull Island, Dunkirk, A Christmas Story 2, Wonder Woman, and Tag. It also includes t-shirts from The Meg, Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts, The Nun, Suicide Squad, Ocean's 8, Tomb Raider, and a Superman VS. Batman hat, an Aquaman hat, and a Ready Player One hat.

It even has the following collectibles: a Ready Player One POP Funko figure, a Superman action figure, a Joker POP keychain, Crazy Rich Asians chopsticks, a Fantastic Beasts bowtruckle figure with pouch, a Tag drink cozy, and sunglasses!

    Donated by Warner Bros . Entertainment
$435 $75
18 Asus Transformer Pad touchscreen notebook computer
Model # T200TA-C2-BL with 64GB drive, click here for details.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer
    Maria Varricchio Diaz
$400 $75
19 Surf & Turf:
4 Single Day tickets to San Diego SeaWorld & 4 Coupons for a Cheeseburger Combo meal at Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers.

Enjoy the rides and watch dolphins play at San Diego's renowned SeaWorld park with these four one-day passes. Expires on 6/1/20 and are NOT valid on the following dates: 7/4/19, 7/6/19, 7/13/19, 7/20/19, 7/27/19, 8/3/19, 9/1/19, 12/26/19, 12/27/19, 12/28/19, 12/29/19, 12/30/19, and 12/31/19.

Then grab a meal at any Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburger restaurant with these cheeseburger, fries, and a drink meal coupons.

    Donated by SeaWorld San Diego & Original Tommy's World Famous Hamburgers &
$408 $100
20 Bowling Social Party for 8 at Lucky Strike Live Hollywood

Enjoy a night of boutique bowling at the Lucky Strike Live Hollywood bowling alley! Your party includes two hours of bowling for up to 8 people, complimentary shoe rental for the group, Mac & Cheese bites, and Chips & Salsa. The Dude approves! Reservations required, valid Sunday-Thursdays only at their Hollywood location, expires 11/11/19.

    Donated by Lucky Strike Live Hollywood
$200 $40
21 Literary Adventures:
Paperback copy of Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath signed by the author, a $25 gift card to Skylight Books, and 6 graphic novels

In this provocative #1 bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks.

In the tradition of Gladwell's previous bestsellers - The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw - David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology and powerful story-telling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.

Explore Skylight Books and choose from a variety of materials from art, photography, graphic novels, music, magazines and much more. Located in a quirky urban neighborhood in Los Feliz. 1818 N. Vermont Ave (between Hollywood Blvd & Flanklin).

These 6 graphic novels feature themes that vary from action, romance, sci-fi, and comedy. Explore unpredictable love, or being cursed to wake up in a new body every day, or resist a robot ruler, with other action-packed adventures in a new era of superheroes.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteers Jeff Goodman and Heather Horn,
    and Skylight Books
$144 $30
22 Eat, Fish, and Queen Mary:
2 first class admission tickets to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, 2 Passes to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and a $25 Gift Card to any Landry's restaurant

Transport yourself back in time aboard the legendary Queen Mary. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the Queen Mary is now a full-service Long Beach hotel, historical landmark, and entertainment venue. The Queen Mary gives visitors a unique glimpse into a bygone era when steamships were the most regal way to travel. These tickets do not expire.

Explore the world beneath the sea with a day of fun and discovery at the Long Beach Aquarium! Passes must be used by 3/31/2020, NOT valid 5/23 - 9/2/19.

Landry's features over 600 locations nationwide, including Mastro's Steakhouse, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Morton's The Steakhouse, Chart House - Marina Del Rey, Chart House - Redondo Beach, Mastro's Ocean Club - Malibu, Claim Jumper, Joe's Crab Shack, and many others!

    Donated by The Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Landry's,, &
$149 $30
23 Marvelous LA Museums:
2 passes to Petersen Automotive Museum, voucher for 4 Grammy Museum admission tickets, and a VIP pass for 4 to The Broad contemporary art museum

Since its inception, the Petersen Automotive Museum has been regarded as the focus of automotive enthusiasm on the West Coast. Travel through time on Streetscape diorama and view the ever-changing vehicles on display. Passes expire 2/29/20, not valid for special events. 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Explore and celebrate the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the enduring legacy of all forms of recorded music through this voucher for 4 Grammy Museum admission tickets at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Ste. A. Voucher expires 5/31/20.

The Broad contemporary art museum makes its collection of contemporary art from the 1950s to the present accessible to the widest possible audience by presenting exhibitions and operating a lending program to art museums and galleries worldwide. This VIP pass for 4 to The Broad allows you to bypass the ticketing and entrance line. Pass expires 5/10/20.

    Donated by Peterson Automotive Museum, the Grammy Museum, and The Broad,, &
$104 $25
24 Tee it up!
$50 gift card to Roger Dunn Golf Shops - West LA, a men's medium left-hand golf glove, and a copy of Golf Sonnets

Buy yourself or the golfer in your life some golf swag at Roger Dunn Golf Shops. Then enjoy the witty humor of seasoned golfer James Hale Long as he gives a new appreciation to the sonnet.

    Donated by Roger Dunn Golf Shop & James Hale Long &
$82 $15
25 Movie Time!
Bring home a swath of movie history with New Line Cinema's 40th Anniversary Collection. Enjoy a Night Out with 4 Landmark Theatre Movie Passes

From cult classics to blockbusters to Oscar winners, this hard-book case of 17 DVDs has plenty for everyone. Boost your library further with DVDs of A League of Their Own, The Blind Side, March of the Penguins, The Bucket List, Valentine's Day, Corpse Bride, Drop Dead Gorgeous, the unrated edition of House at the End of the Street, and Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie.

And for a cinematic night out, discover new favorites with four VIP guest passes for any Landmark Theatre. Passes expire 12/31/19.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Tamara Sobel & Landmark Theatres
$104 $25
26 Two tickets to the LAFC vs Houston Dynamo MLS soccer match Wed., Sept. 25, at 7:30pm, Sec. 124, Row J, seats 19-20.

Wear your new LAFC hat with pride as you enjoy the best of Major League Soccer at the incredible new Banc of California stadium in Exposition Park. LAFC is currently best team in the league with international Mexican superstar Carlos Vela.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Dalet Brady
$134 $30
27 Paso Robles Adventures:
J. Lohr Vineyards VIP Tour and Firestone Walker Brewing Company Private Brewery Tour, both in Paso Robles

Enjoy a bottle of J. Lohr wine and take a tour of The J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center, just 3 miles east and 3 miles north of the town of Paso Robles. You and up to 6 guests will enjoy their world-class winery, including barrel tasting, a facility tour, complimentary tasting of their current releases, and a 20% discount on purchases made that day. All participants must be 21 or older, reservations required, tours available only on weekdays, expires 6/30/20.

Then enjoy a private peek inside of one of the world's most award-winning breweries: The Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles! This exclusive tour is for four guests aged 21 and over - there will be sampling of delicious ales. Bring proof of i.d. and close-toed flat shoes. Tour requires two weeks advance scheduling, and must be taken by May 11, 2020.

    Donated by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and Firestone Walker Brewing Company &
$350 $50
28 Two complimentary passes to Universal Studios Hollywood

Hang out where the stars hang out, at Universal Studios Hollywood! Take the studio tour, visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and ride "Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem".

Tickets good through. 3/31/20. Blackout dates apply as listed on back of tickets: 2019: May 25-27; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; July 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29; August 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 31; Sep 1,2; Oct 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, Nov 22, 23; Dec 26-31. 2020: Jan 1-3; Feb 15, 16, 17

    Donated by Universal Studios Hollywood
$218 $55
29 Canvas portrait photograph of your family

Immortalize your family as it is today in a timeless 12.5 x 12.5 canvas portrait that will bring you joy for generations to come. Up to six of your family members will get to experience a private session with renowned portraitist Mark Rober Halper at his personal studio in Los Angeles or at his Wine Country Retreat in Santa Ynez. Also included is a signed copy of Mr. Halper's book featuring the artists of Santa Barbara County, Between Seer and Seen.

Not valid for individual or couple portraits, certificate must be registered by July 11, 2019, and expires May 11, 2020.

    Donated by Halper Fine Art
$1,040 $200
30 Bound, hardcover Volumes 1-11 of The Walking Dead comic series

Kentucky Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes is wounded in the line of duty and emerges from a coma to find the world overrun by the undead. Here are the first 11 volumes of the comic hit series that launched a multiple hit television series.

    Donated by Clint Bohn
$275 $50
31 Official NFL Football autographed by #26 Casey Hayward of the Los Angeles Chargers

Get your hands on this official NFL Football like they use in the pros - a one-of-a-kind piece! Casey Hayward, cornerback for the Los Angeles Chargers, is in his 8th season.

    Donated by the Los Angeles Chargers
Priceless $25
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