The Parent-Child Home Program’s Inaugural Literacy Champions Gala

On November 16, 2010 The Parent-Child Home Program hosted its inaugural Literacy Champions fundraising gala at the Yale Club in New York City. The evening was hosted by Greg Kelly, co-host of Good Day New York. The Honorary Chair and guest speaker Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”, highlighted for the over 290 guests in attendance the critical importance of reading. The evening honored financial expert, Bill O’Brien, CEO of Direct Edge, America’s newest stock exchange.


Junot Diaz accepts his award (top) and Greg Kelly (bottom) makes his welcoming remarks. 

Parent-Child Home Program graduate and Board Member Julian Gomez; Honoree Bill O’Brien; Board President and Gala Co-Chair Eric Hess; and Executive Director Sarah Walzer.

Gala Co-Chairs and Board members Tanya Zaben and Melissa Skoog Dunagan welcome the crowd.

 Bill O’Brien, CEO of Direct Edge and the Gala’s honoree, spoke powerfully about his support for the Program, “When I was first approached about tonight’s event, it was an easy decision for me to get on board.  That’s because The Parent-Child Home Program is all about unlocking a child’s potential.  And it’s even more than that because of the home-based approach.  Everyone can get behind helping children, that’s easy, but The Parent-Child Home Program goes a step further, helping the parents, which helps the entire family and makes success so much more likely.”

More information:

  • Read our Literacy Champions journal here, with information about the speakers, sponsors, and events of the night.
  • See more photos here