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Join us for the 16th annual Washtenaw Literacy Driving Literacy on Saturday evening, October 18 at WCC.  This year’s fundraiser is a 1920’s Jazz-era theme that promises a toe tapping swell time with a strolling dinner, silent and live auctions and beautiful music from our local musicians. Our annual gin mill will provide critical support for adult literacy in Washtenaw County and we promise no hokum here!

Honorary Host: Detroit Free Press and Columnist Rochelle Riley. 

Rochelle Riley's columns on politics, education, pop culture, government and race appear in the Detroit Free Press and  She also blogs at and makes frequent television and radio appearances, especially on NPR.  Rochelle writes passionately about responsibe government, community responsibility, public education, pop culture, film and Michigan's reading crisis.  She has helped raise more than $1 million for Michigan literacy causes.  Rochelle won the 2013 National Headliner Award for best column writing and the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for community service from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.  The Michigan Press Association has named her Michigan's best local columnist three times.  Hour magazine readers have named her Detroit's best female columnist five years in a row.  

Honorary Committee:  Rochelle Riley, Honorary host; Rose and Joe Bellanca; Sue and Bill Chandler; Marty Friedburg and Beth Dugdale; Jim and Diane Wanty; Adam Zemke.

Tickets are $95 before September 28 and $110 thereafter. Reserved tables of eight are $760. To purchase tickets and preview many of the amazing auction items, visit our event site here.  It’ll be the bee’s knees!

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Washtenaw Community College | Morris Lawrence Building
Gourmet strolling dinner & desserts | Fine wine, craft beer & retro cocktails
Live & silent auction
1920's Jazz-era cocktail attire optional!

About Driving Literacy
Driving Literacy (formerly known as World in a Basket) is Washtenaw Literacy's annual gala benefit auction. It takes place in late September or October every year. 20% of our annual budget is raised through the live and silent auctions of exciting theme baskets while guests enjoy a strolling dinner, fine wine and micro-brewed beer. The volunteer-run event was first presented in 1998, and has grown each year to become a highly anticipated evening. Nearly 100 volunteers work throughout the year to plan, execute and enjoy Driving Literacy.

What will the funds raised be used for?
Program support. Our small staff of seven trains and mentors hundreds of tutors and volunteers who serve over 2,000 adults each year. Adults work toward individual goals; many of those include getting a GED and/or a place in the workforce. Remarkably, Washtenaw Literacy returns over three dollars to the community for each dollar raised (Hantz, Rhoades & Doehrer, LLC, 2011).

Volunteers Needed
In order to make Driving Literacy a success, volunteers are needed in several areas:

  • Solicit donations of items and goods from businesses to be auctioned
  • Seek corporate event sponsors
  • Assemble and decorate basket of auction items
  • Set-up for the event
  • Help during the event

If you would like to assist Washtenaw Literacy with this fundraising event, please contact Amy Goodman at (734) 879-1320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .