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Reading to Kids 25th Anniversary Celebration

Let the good times roll as we celebrate a quarter-century of Reading to Kids at our 25th Anniversary! The evening features casino table games, New Orleans-style food, raffle prizes and packages to win, a live DJ, a 360° camera photo booth, and a night of fun with Reading to Kids!


Want to help?

Click here for the 25th Anniversary & Casino Night flyer for sharing online or forwarding to anyone you know who may be interested in going.

Please also print out the flyer 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.

Click here for our beautiful 25th Anniversary & Casino Night postcard for sharing online or forwarding to anyone you know who may be interested in going.

We need 13 volunteers! 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 Raffle Items 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 $40! Cash, check, Venmo, PayPal, or credit card accepted

Who's Attending So Far?
(as of 5/11/24, updated daily)

• Alisha Abrahamson +2
• Daniel Altman
• Alejandra Arciniega +1
• Gabriella Arias
• Jackie Arias
• Tony-Ely Arrizon
• Kelly Austin +1
• Heather & Jason Axe
• Steve Baumgartner
• Susan Berger
• Patricia Bergey
• Michelle Bernarding +1
• Nancy Brandel
• Meghan Brener +1
• Patrick Brown
• Sulema Cabrales
• Tiger Cai
• Gregory Castillo +1
• Robyn Chew +2
• Jura Chung
• Megan Cottier & Tim Fisher
• Marja Diaz +1
• Jessica Dunning
• Tina Epstein +1
• Kevin Finn +1
• Fiona Gao & Zach Halperin
• Julia Golub
• Rosa Gonzalez
• Karen Green
• Gloria & Nate Greengard
• Jen Hendrickson +1
• Edgar Hernandez & Rubi Moralez
• Heather Horn +1
• Marlen Ibarra-Ortiz
• Frank Jimenez
• Ciara Kelly
• Margaret Laspino
• Maggie Leung & Charlie Schmidlin
• Christian Lippey & Andie Somers
• Chris Luttrell
• Aaron Mardis
• Tessa Marie +1
• Chris Martin
• Lisa Martinez
• Jaime Mas
• Antonina Maxey
• Mark May
• Sabina Medina
• Jenny Messam +2
• Seza Mikikian
• Rose Morris
• Sean Morris
• Brittney Morrow +1
• Fred Oddie
• Jami Olson +1
• Carrie & Charlie Orchard
• Cathy Ostiller +1
• Sandra Oyeneyin +1
• Monica Razo
• Shayna Resnick
• David Rickard
• Yancy Rodriguez Coe
• Mariel Rubio +1
• Jack Sanders
• Emily & Don Sandersfeld
• Steven Sapir
• Elisa Schwartz +1
• Prince Selvage
• Jen Smith
• Noelle Swanson
• Ashley Tabaddor +1
• Stan Thompson
• Jonathan Tomlin +1
• Jason Tran +1
• Brett Trebil +1
• Marie Varricchio Diaz +1
• Paula Vasquez
• Kevin & Heidi Vass
• Jackie Villegas
• Monica Wenzel
• Destiny Williams
• Kori Wilson
• Candace Young

Check out the Raffle Items List below!

25th Aniversary Raffle Items
Except for the football, all other items below will be packaged together into one of six raffle packages (named "K" through "5th" grade) you can win with your raffle tickets at our party!
(Last updated 5/5/24)
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Raffle Package Name

Silent Auction One-of-a-kind, personalized "game ball" football awarded by the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program, from the Los Angeles Rams Football Club
We were awarded this football as part of a grant we earned in June 2021 from Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program – Champions Live Here. The letter that came with it describes it as a "game ball", and it has "Reading to Kids" and "Los Angeles Rams Football Club" printed on it. This is truly a unique item from Reading to Kids history!

    Donated by the Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program - Champions Live Here
    Super Bowl LVI Legacy Program - Champions Live Here
Silent Auction Just added today, May 11th! One-of-a-kind Reading to Kids sneakers, size 11.5
Bucky Brooks chose Reading to Kids as the nonprofit featured for his "My Cause My Cleat" sneakers! These sneakers are unique and will be delivered to us within the next few weeks.

William Eldridge "Bucky" Brooks Jr. is a sportswriter and former professional American football player. He played for five National Football League (NFL) teams in a five-year career, primarily as a kick returner.

    Donated by Bucky Brooks
K 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.
K 4 passes to the Autry Museum of the American West
Located in beautiful Griffith Park, the Autry features unique galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, film memorabilia, photographs, historic firearms and so much more all home to the American West. The Autry’s collection of more than 600,000 pieces of art and cultural objects includes one of the largest and most significant of Native American materials in the United States.

    Donated by the Autry Museum of the American West
K $25 gift card to Ross Dress for Less Stores

    Donated by Ross Stores, Inc.
K $25 gift card to dd's Discounts stores

    Donated by dd's Discounts
K Two Skirball member-for-a-Day passes, each pass allows up to two adults and four children to the Skirball Cultural Center
Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles.

    Donated by the Skirball Cultural Center
1st 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 4/30/2025

    Donated by Total Wine & More
1st Enjoy a 50 Minute Mid Squeeze Massage at Squeeze Massage Studio City
Squeeze Massage Studio City is located at 12338 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604. This certificate has no expiration date.

    Donated by Squeeze Massage Studio City
1st Added on 5/10/24: Copies of these books signed by their authors: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, and Where the Past Begins: A writer's Memoir by Amy Tan

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Larry Swanson
1st 4 infrared Yoga Sessions and 2 Infrared Sessions at Brightside Yoga and Sauna in Culver City
Brightside brings the benefits of yoga and infrared sauna together into one healing experience. We've incorporated infrared heat into our yoga studio to help increase the benefits you get from a yoga session, and our stand-alone infrared saunas are available for all. Their Culver City location at 11924 Washington Blvd, Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90066 is one of LA's best Infrared yoga studios. Certificate must be used by 12/31/2024.

    Donated by Brightside Yoga and Sauna
1st 2 Admit One pass tickets for any Laemmle Theatre
Laemmle, pronounced "LEM-lee", is synonymous with great independent, foreign, and art house cinema. In over 75 years of operation, they have been guided by a commitment to exhibit "quality film without regard to genre or provenance".

    Donated by Laemmle Theatres
2nd Two 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 3/21/25. Blackout dates apply as listed on back of tickets.

    Donated by Universal Studios Hollywood
2nd Six "3 Flight Wine Tasting" passes for Agua Dulce Winery
Each pass is good for free tastings of three different wines at their winery at 9640 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita, CA 91390. Each is a $20 value, and there is no expiration date.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Tina Epstein
2nd Stranger Things water bottle

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer & Netflix employee Stephanie Myers
2nd Two certificates to the Hollywood Wax Museum, expire 4/8/2025

    Donated by the Hollywood Wax Museum
2nd 5 $10 gift certificates redeemable at Pink's Famous Hot Dogs original location at La Brea and Melrose
Find out why there is always a long line at the Famous Pink's Hot Dogs original stand, 709 N. LaBrea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038! No expiration date on these certificates.

    Donated by Pink's Famous Hot Dogs
3rd $50 gift certificate to Malibu Family Wines

    Donated by Malibu Family Wines
3rd Futurama Pop-Out People, a Futurama Production Script for "Godfellas" episode 10/31/2000, and A Family Guy "Stewie's Guide to World Domination" book

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Marilyn Frandsen
3rd 4 tickets to the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro
Experience naval history through fascinating permanent and temporary exhibitions, including a naval artifacts gallery and the Korean War-era HUP-2 helicopter.

The USS Iowa represents the largest - and last - class of battleships built by the United States Navy. The IOWA class battleships served in every US conflict from World War II through the Gulf War in 1991.

Visit USS IOWA naval museum and experience a piece of living history.

    Donated by Battleship Iowa
3rd 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 45 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. Certificate must be used by 5/11/2025.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Gloria Greengard
3rd $25 Merchandise Certificate good at any Oriental Trading Company store or online

    Donated by Oriental Trading Company
3rd A gift basket of fancy liquors and other items
Gift basket includes a bottle of 2017 Meritage ($62), a bottle of Unshackled Sauvignon Blanc($29), a bottle of Eagle Rare Bourbon ($50 but can resale for up to $75 due to allocation rarity), a Middle Ridge Winery "Tasting For Two Certificate" ($43), and other items.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Prince Selvage III and Middle Ridge Winery
4th 2 guest admission passes to The Huntington's gardens, library and museum galleries
Use these passes to explore the fabulous Huntington gardens, library and museum galleries in San Marino on regularly scheduled opening days, during regular open hours. Passes expire 5/11/25.

    Donated by The Huntington
4th $20 gift card at any Benihana restaurant

    Donated by Benihana Inc.
4th Two Entree Cards and One Chips & Queso Card for Chipotle
$25 value valid at any of their locations, expires 12/31/24.

    Donated by Donated by Chipotle Mexican Grill
4th Santa Monica Playhouse pass for four people to any of their regularly scheduled Family Theatre Musical Matinee performances

    Donated by the Santa Monica Playhouse
4th L.A. Sports Package
Autographed photo of L.A. Lakers Power Forward Rui Hachimura, and a voucher for 2 tickets to the UCLA Football game vs. Indiana, scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2024 at the Rose Bowl. Seats determined by date voucher submitted to UCLA.

    Donated by the Los Angeles Lakers and UCLA Athletics and
4th A gift basket of fancy liquors and other items
Gift basket includes a bottle of NV Ranger Red wine ($64), a bottle of Unshackled Sauvignon Blanc ($29), a bottle of Weller Reserve Bourbon ($65 but can resale for up to $100 due to allocation rarity), a Middle Ridge Winery "Tasting For Two Certificate" ($43), and other items.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Prince Selvage III and Middle Ridge Winery
5th 2 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 5/11/2025.

    Donated by Pacific Park

2 Passes to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
Explore the world beneath the sea with a day of fun and discovery at the Long Beach Aquarium! Passes must be used by 10/31/2024.

     Donated by the Aquarium of the Pacific

5th One voucher for a one-hour, in-home professional massage
Heather Stillman is a nationally certified massage therapist with 25 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 5/11/2025.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Heather Stillman
5th Gift certificate for a "Pizza Party for 10", including 2 XL 2-topping pizzas, 12 Fresh Knots & 20 Wings at Fresh Brothers Pizza•Salad•Wings

    Donated by Fresh Brothers
5th One hour Musical Saw Lesson (solo or family) with Becky Poole
Becky Poole is a Los Angeles-based musical saw player, actor, and voiceover artist. Her saw playing can be found at Becky has been playing the saw for over two decades and has played with bands and musical experiences across the country including in St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein's film "The Nowhere Inn", a US tour of "The Pirates of Penzance," as a music instructor with The Oldtown School of Folk Music in Chicago, and in the delightful new podcast "Hobo Code." Expires 5/11/2025.

    Donated by Becky Poole
5th A gift basket of fancy liquors and other items
Gift basket includes a bottle of 2017 Meritage ($62), a bottle of Unshackled Sauvignon Blanc ($29), a bottle of Blanton's Bourbon ($91 but can resale for up to $200 due to allocation rarity), a Middle Ridge Winery "Tasting For Two Certificate" ($43), and other items.

    Donated by Reading to Kids volunteer Prince Selvage III and Middle Ridge Winery
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