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Book Trust to hold Arabian Nights-themed fundraiser

By Staff | Jan 19, 2017


WAILEA – Book Trust’s fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, which will be held at Fairmont Wailea on Saturday, Feb. 4, has been custom-designed to delight all of the senses! It will feature fire performers, belly dancers and Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Tylun Pang and the Fairmont Culinary Team. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items, including travel packages, fine art, activities and much more.

Book Trust uniquely delivers choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

During the 2016-17 school year, Book Trust will empower over 6,000 students at 15 Title I schools in Hawaii to select 2-3 books monthly and build a personal library of up to 30 books.

This will bring Book Trust’s cumulative impact to over 1,000,000 books in Hawaii.

“Each year, thousands of children from low-income families in Hawaii start school without ever having owned a book. In areas of poverty, the ratio of books to children is just one book for every 300 children,” said Book Trust Hawaii Director Shay Goodfellow. “Book Trust is changing that. We want every child to have an opportunity to fall in love with reading and have access to a brighter future.”

One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from Book Trust’s Arabian Nights Extravaganza will go towards supporting Book Trust’s work in Maui County.

Event sponsors include Scholastic Reading Club, Goodfellow Brothers Inc., A&B Properties, Bank of Hawaii, Serimus Foundation, Dowling Company Inc., and Armstrong Builders.

To learn more about Book Trust and its efforts to promote reading and literacy among children of low-income families in Hawaii and nationwide, visit booktrust.org

Established in 2001, Book Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, currently serves over 50,000 students in 18 states. To date, Book Trust has put over 4.3 million books in the hands and homes of kids.