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Room to Read’s 2022 New York Gala recognizes education as the key that unlocks possibilities

May 19, 2022

On May 12, Room to Read held its annual New York Gala – the first reconvening of the event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The evening brought together top names from the business, entertainment and media industries to celebrate education as the great equalizer - raising funds to benefit 115,000 children through Room to Read’s programs that support literacy and girls’ education.  

Lilly Singh, actor, producer, author and creator was presented with Room to Read’s Superhero Award. Room to Read’s Champion Awards honorees were Tatcha, the luxury skincare brand and IMC, a global technology-driven trading firm. The evening culminated in a headline performance from Flo Rida, and featured performances by a capella group Penn Masala and a step routine by members of the Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity ® earlier in the evening.  

Read more about the night's special guests and honorees in our press release. For a look into the event, check out the video and photos below.

ELT & Juve red carpet

Room to Read's executive leadership team and Room to Read Tanzania Country Director, Juvenalius Kuruletera.

Flo on red carpet

Headlining performer Flo Rida.

Board members on red carpet

Room to Read CEO Geetha Murali and board members Scott Kapnick, John Lindfors, Hilary Valentine, Mary Byron and John Ridding.

Juve and IMC red carpet

Lisa Wiersma, Executive Director of the IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation, and Juvenalius Kuruletera, Room to Read Tanzania Country Director, pose on the red carpet.

Deepica red carpet

Deepica Mutyala, South-Asian beauty entrepreneur, businesswoman, and founder and CEO of Live Tinted, walks the red carpet.

Chloe Flower red carpet

Chloe Flower, pianist, producer, composer, fashion influencer and activist, hit the red carpet before the event,

Kappas dancing

Members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity® give a surprise step performance.

Kappas group pic

Members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity®.

Penn Masala & Geetha

Room to Read CEO Geetha Murali and members of a cappella group Penn Masala.


Auctioneer Brook Hazelton kicks off the auction.

IMC speech

Lisa Wiersma, Executive Director of the IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation, accepts the Champion Award on behalf of IMC.

Tatcha speech

Vicky Tsai, CEO and founder of Tatcha, and Brad Murray, co-founder of Tatcha, accept the Champion Award.

Flo Rida performing

Headliner Flo Rida performs for the crowd.

Dancing photo 1

Flo Rida gets the crowd ready to dance!

Dancing photo 2

The crowd busts out their best dance moves!