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Room to Read's New York Gala Changes the Game for 60,000 Children

May 18, 2018


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On May 17, Room to Read's network of game changers joined forces at our annual New York Gala at SECOND. Together they raised $3 million to benefit 60,000 children through Room to Read's Literacy and Girls' Education programs. Event honorees Samantha Barry, Glamour editor-in-chief, and Jamie Forese, Citigroup president, were recognized for their organizations' commitment to education, followed by an empowering musical performance by Grammy Award Winner, Ashanti.  

Neema Mwita, a Room to Read Girls' Education Program social mobilizer from Tanzania, inspired the crowd with her personal reflections on how she witnesses the transformational impact Room to Read is having on students and communities every day. 

Read more about the night's special guests and honorees in our press release


Honoree, James Forese, president of Citigroup with Grammy Award Winner, Ashanti ; Room to Read social mobilizer, Neema Mwita; Room to Read's CEO, Geetha Murali, and Room to Read's board member and event chair, Scott Kapnick.


John Wood, Room to Read's founder and Amy Powell welcome Neema who traveled from Tanzania for the special event.


James Forese, president of Citigroup, receives the Champion Award on behalf of Citi and e for Education.


Samantha Barry, on behalf of Glamour and The Girl Project, was presented with the Superhero Award for Glamour’s commitment to world change through empowering women and girls. 


Neema Mwita, a Room to Read social mobilizer from Tanzania, shares her passion for mentoring girls in her community.


Room to Read's CEO, Geetha Murali, discusses the organization's proven methods for improving worldwide education.


Event chair, Marc Seidner, and emcee, Sara Eisen, CNBC anchor enjoying the event


Event chair, Richard Chalmers with guests


Grammy Award Winner, Ashanti, also joined the event...


and graced attendees with an incredible performance!


The evening raised $3 million, which will support 60,000 eager learners around the world!


Tremendous thanks to the Room to Read family who orchestrated the amazing evening.


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Until next time, New York!

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