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Join us for Driving Literacy!
The fun begins with a chic 1960s MAD MEN ambience and promises an exciting evening that will provide critical support for adult literacy in Washtenaw County.

    Saturday, October 19, 2013 | 6:00 PM
    Washtenaw Community College | Morris Lawrence Building
    Gourmet strolling dinner & desserts | Fine wine, craft beer & retro cocktails
    Live & silent auction
    Mad Men-themed 1960s cocktail attire optional!


Senator Carl Levin
Honorary Host ~ The Honorable Senator Carl Levin
Detroit native Carl Levin followed a family tradition of public service when he was first elected as Michigan’s senator in 1979. His top priority has been the economic well-being of Michigan families. He has been a consistent voice for support of American manufacturing, the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Senator Levin understands the foundational role adult literacy plays in a strong Michigan workforce and economy. As Michigan’s longest-serving senator, and the fifth longest-serving incumbent in the U.S. Senate, we are honoring Senator Levin as he approaches his retirement in 2015.

Honorary Committee:
Menakka & Essel Bailey
Rose & Joe Bellanca
Mark Bernstein & Rachel Bendit
John & Debbie Dingell
Sid & Dottie Farhat
Marty Friedburg & Beth Dugdale
Charles & Christina Kim
Michael & Chrissy Nisson



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 .