On May 14, 2011, local 501(c)(3) non-profit My Very Own Book will host their second annual dinner, Giving to Change Lives, at The Eisemann Center in Richardson at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will have the privilege of hearing from keynote speaker Tim Tingle. A resident of Texas, Tingle is an award winning children's book author and Choctaw storyteller. His great-great grandfather walked the Trail of Tears and he says memories of this family epic fuel his writing and telling.
She Is Dallas info: Giving To Change Lives will take place at The Eisemann Center located at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. To learn more about Tim Tingle, go to http://timtingle.com.Ticket prices for individuals: $50 per ticket, Bronze Sponsor: $250 (comes w/2 tickets), Silver Sponsor: $500 (comes w/2 tickets), Gold Sponsor: $1,000 (comes w/4 tickets). All guests will be entered into a free drawing for a $100 SpaFinder gift certificate. For more information about this event or to make a reservation, go to http://www.myveryownbook.org. The deadline to make a reservation is Tuesday, May 10, 2010.
Tingle's first children's book, Crossing Bok Chitto, won over twenty state and national awards and was an Editor's Choice in the New York Times. The book fits the Giving to Change Lives theme of the event. It tells the little-known true story of how the Choctaw helped slaves who escaped from Mississippi and crossed onto their sovereign land. The latest book from this author, Saltypie, has recently been chosen as one of only 25 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society. In addition to being an award winning author, Tingle is also a famous storyteller and keynote speaker. He has spoken at state, national, and international conferences, and was a featured speaker at the Smithsonian Institute two years in a row.
To add to the enjoyment of the evening, guests will also be treated to a sit-down dinner, outstanding silent auction and recognition of MVOB's top five elementary school readers. My Very Own Book rewards children in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade in North Texas schools for reading (or being read to) outside of regular school hours. Participating students receive a certificate and new book of their choice every six weeks during the school year. So far this year students have earned 5,041 new books. MVOB President, Helen Van Auken, shared that 61% of low-income families have no children's books at all in their homes. We want to make book ownership a reality for all children. A successful annual dinner will allow us the privilege of expanding our program to an additional two schools, thus serving approximately 3,500 North Texas children.
My Very Own Book would like to extend a special thanks to Borders, Cinemark USA, PaperBackSwap, Ashley and Jack Ternan, Chamonix II Dallas, Ltd., Muralicious and all of our Sponsors and Silent Auction donors.