Annual Love Of Literacy Luncheon Raises More Than $250,000

Telsula Morgan, Al Malefatto and Laurie Gildan.

The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County is celebrating its most successful fundraiser to date. The 32nd annual Love of Literacy Luncheon, presented by Bank of America, raised more than $250,000. The proceeds will fund local literacy programs aimed at helping children and adults succeed in school and life.

Nearly 600 supporters attended the March 9 event to hear bestselling author Paula McLain share how reading has impacted her life. McLain is best known for her hit novels The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun and Love and Ruin. Her latest, When the Stars Go Dark, is a suspense novel that weaves together actual cases of missing persons, trauma theory and a hint of the metaphysical. McLain drew from her experience growing up in the foster care system to create the lead character.

In addition to Bank of America, the coalition is grateful for the support of platinum sponsors Brenda Medore and Paul & Nancy Zarcadoolas; gold sponsors Akerman LLP, Gentle Medicine Associates, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Karen Rogers, Lewis Longman & Walker, The Palm Beach Post and Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley; silver sponsors Cozen O’Connor PC, First Horizon Foundation, Len & Barbara Gray, Simone & Peter Bonutti, Patricia & David Knobel, the Levenger Foundation, Lynn University, Lytal Reiter Smith Ivey & Fronrath, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, NCCI, Bernadette O’Grady/WPTV and U.S. Bank.

Elisa Glazer of NCCI and Telsula Morgan of Lewis Longman & Walker co-chaired the luncheon.

To learn more about the Literacy Coalition, visit or call (561) 279-9103.