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A Taste for Reading: a Benefit for Children's Literacy

June 1, 2004, 7:00 pm
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya

Literacy supporters and music lovers are invited to attend "A Taste for Reading," a benefit luncheon sponsored by Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. Featured will be the Yale University Whiffenpoofs of 2004, Yale's premier collegiate male glee club, singing songs from various styles and eras ranging from classic jazz to English folk songs to pop hits.

The event will take place on Tuesday, June 1 at the Triple Door, 216 Union Street. A complimentary lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., the concert begins at noon, and the event concludes at 1:00 p.m. During the program, a donation will be requested. Seats can be reserved by calling 206-461-0123 or sending an email; seating is limited to 230 people.

All proceeds will benefit Page Ahead and help to provide new books and promote literacy for at-risk children across Washington State. "We are thrilled to have the Whiffenpoofs donate their vocal talents to children who need books," said Sam Whiting, Page Ahead's Executive Director.

The Whiffenpoofs of 2004 have pledged a portion of their world tour proceeds to children's literacy, choosing Page Ahead as the recipient of their generosity in Washington State. "As young men and students at Yale University, we believe our support is particularly significant," commented a spokesman for the group. "Yale University was founded on Elihu Yale's gift of 417 books; we think it's fitting for us to carry on the tradition of giving books as gifts."

In addition to performing at "A Taste of Reading," the Whiffenpoofs plan to visit schools, perform for children, and establish local literacy centers. A song about reading has been composed for inclusion on a CD to be distributed to families. Said one member of the group, "We believe music can help teach the message."

The Whiffenpoofs, a Yale tradition since 1909, will appear in a venue almost as historical, the Triple Door, a former vaudeville and motion picture house. Constructed in 1926, the theatre/restaurant was recently restored by Rick and Ann Yoder, owners of the highly successful Wild Ginger Restaurant. Decorative elements of the theatre ceiling and proscenium evoke the historic hall, while new seating, lighting, and state-of-art sound systems enhance the performances of contemporary musicians. The Yoders are making the Triple Door available to Page Ahead free of charge.

As well as being selected by the Whiffenpoofs of 2004 as local recipients of their world tour for literacy, Page Ahead was recently honored by the King County Library System Foundation with a Literary Lions Award.

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