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In Our Wildest Dreams — 2013 Holiday Celebration

Raising A Reader, San Francisco and Alameda Counties

Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

San Francisco, CA

In Our Wildest Dreams — 2013 Holiday Celebration

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
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Friend of Early Literacy
Sponsor a Raising A Reader Child for A Year • Enjoy hosted appetizers and cocktails at the South Beach Yacht Club beginning at 7:00 p.m. • Hear keynote speaker Belva Davis speak about her riveting autobiography, Never in My Wildest Dreams, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event. • Select books and pack a signature Raising A Reader red bag that will be given to Bay Area children and their families.
Ended $125.00 $0.00
Red Bag Partner
Sponsor Two Raising A Reader Children for A Year • All of the above plus: Private reception with keynote speaker Belva Davis beginning at 6:00 p.m. • Autographed copy of Never in My Wildest Dreams
Ended $250.00 $0.00
Holiday Host
Sponsor Five Raising A Reader Children for A Year • All of the above plus: Two tickets to private reception with keynote speaker Belva Davis • Recognition during our program and in our outreach • Recognition on our website
Ended $500.00 $0.00

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In Our Wildest Dreams

Raising A Reader’s 2013 Holiday Celebration


Thursday, December 5, 2013

South Beach Yacht Club

The Embarcadero, at Pier 40

San Francisco

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (pre-event Reception)

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Please join us for an intimate evening at the beautiful South Beach Yacht Club where Bay Area supporters of early literacy and family engagement will come together to celebrate and make dreams come true for Bay Area children and their families.

Enjoy appetizers and drinks while packing Raising A Reader’s signature red bags with wonderful children’s books. Hear inspirational words from Raising A Reader participants. Listen to live music, indulge in our chocolate buffet,
participate in our silent auction, or win one of our fabulous door prizes!

Keynote Speaker: Belva Davis

Award-Winning Journalist and Pioneering Feminist

Ms. Davis, the first African-American woman broadcast journalist in the Western United States, will speak about the central role reading played in her personal journey from birth in Monroe, Louisiana, through a challenging childhood and into her pioneering career. She will also sign copies of her riveting autobiography, Never In My Wildest Dreams.

Red Bag Partner ticket holders and Holiday Hosts are invited to a private reception with Ms. Davis beginning at 6:00 PM, prior to the larger celebration.


We sincerely thank our Sponsors, SF Bay Pediatrics and

United Way of the Bay Area


What are my transport/parking options for getting to the event?

The South Beach Yacht Club is near Pier 40 on the Embarcadero, which is not, contrary to common sense, near Pier 39. Even-numbered piers are south of the Ferry Building (Pier 1), and-odd numbered piers are north. Specifically, our clubhouse is on King St (Embarcadero) between 2nd Street and Townsend, right next door to AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants.

Public Transport:

Muni Metro stations: Second & King or Embarcadero & Townsend. Muni buses 15, 30, and 45 also stop within one block of the Harbor. CalTrain station: Fourth & King.  BART station: Montogomery Street station (about 1 mile away). 

Driving From the South:

HWY 101 North to 280
EXIT: Last SF Exit “4th Street/King”
Continue on “King Street” as it becomes “Embarcadero”
RIGHT at Second (at the north side of AT&T Park) into South Beach Harbor Main Parking Lot
or continue ~300 yards RIGHT into Pier 40 Visitor Lot

Driving From the North/Golden Gate Bridge:

HWY 101 South to Marina Blvd.
LEFT on “Bay Street”
RIGHT on “Embarcadero”
PASS under Bay Bridge 1/2 mile
LEFT on “Townsend” into Visitors Parking Lot, OR continue ~300 yards, U-TURN at signal (2nd), IMMEDIATE RIGHT into the South Beach Harbor Main Parking

Driving From the East Bay/Bay Bridge:

HWY 80 to first left exit “Harrison/Embarcadero
LEFT on Harrison” to 2nd
LEFT on “2nd” to end
CROSS The Embarcadero, make an IMMEDIATE RIGHT into the South Beach Harbor Main Parking Lot, OR continue ~300 yards, RIGHT into Pier 40 Visitor Lot

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Julie Barton at: with any questions.

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Have questions about In Our Wildest Dreams — 2013 Holiday Celebration? Contact Raising A Reader, San Francisco and Alameda Counties

When & Where

South Beach Yacht Club
40 Pier
San Francisco, CA 94107

Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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Raising A Reader, San Francisco and Alameda Counties


Raising A Reader (RAR) empowers families to build one of the simplest yet most transformative regular routines to increase literacy: daily book-sharing. We facilitate a school-home partnership that fosters a love of reading, and reinforces the central role of families in helping their young children enter school loving books and excited to learn. The red RAR book bag rotation forms the cornerstone of our program. Each week, children take home a bright red bag filled with high-quality, developmentally appropriate, multilingual, and multicultural children’s books. This simple routine, sustained weekly by educators and families, is the key to engaging families in the joyful practice of daily book-sharing: a practice that fosters early brain development, strengthens social and emotional development, builds early literacy skills, and ensures that children enter school ready to learn. We are committed to empowering the people who have the most impact on children: parents and teachers. As an evidence-based early literacy intervention, RAR does much more than just give families books—we provide comprehensive programming that supports families and educators to help each child enter kindergarten ready to learn.

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