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LINDA YU (ABC Channel 7) Featured Speaker at
Literacy Chicago’s Annual Fundraiser: THE WELL-READ AFFAIR 2013

Nearly 150 guests attended the Literacy Chicago’s annual fundraiser THE WELL-READ AFFAIR 2013. This year’s theme – Reaching Beyond Your Imagination was held on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the Willis Tower 99th floor 6pm – 10pm. Our featured speaker for the evening was Ms. Linda Yu, one of Chicago’s most respected and well-known broadcasters, co-anchors ABC 7’s top rated 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. newscasts. She joined ABC 7 Chicago in 1984. In April, 2005, Ms. Yu was inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of legendary Chicago broadcasters. Also in attendance was the Illinois Secretary of State, Honorable Jesse White. Literacy Chicago’s annual fundraiser celebrated our rich legacy in adult literacy instruction and our city’s unique food, music and more – in the stately “G.A.R. Hall Rotunda” at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).
In addition, we paid tribute to Literacy Chicago’s volunteer tutors/instructors in honor of National Volunteer Month; and announced our “Volunteer of the Year” Mr. Rob Shindler. Since being with Literacy Chicago Rob has tutored students one-on-one and is the author of Hot Dogs & Hamburgers. His book presents an affirmative and affectionate portrayal of adults who struggle for identity in a literate world. Rob exemplifies the meaning of volunteerism and his dedication enhances programs and student education at Literacy Chicago.

Music for the evening consisted of a Jazz Trio for the first part of the evening and then DJ Bill Pulluck got the crowd up and dancing. In addition, silent auction items included: Autographed Sports Memorabilia, Autographed Books, Macy’s gift cards, Gift baskets, Spa Packages, Fitness memberships, European and Mexican vacations and much more!!! Event sponsors included: Lambent Risk Management Services, Inc., Sedgwick CMS, First Financial Funding, Macy’s, Cigna Insurance, WVON, Loop Capital and others. To support adult literacy programming on line: or call 312-870-1100.

About Literacy Chicago: Literacy Volunteers of Chicago and Literacy Council of Chicago, formed separately in 1968 to address the needs of adults in the areas of language and literacy, merged in 1992 to establish a larger and stronger single organization called Literacy Chicago. Today’s mission is to empower individuals to achieve greater self-sufficiency through language and literacy instruction. In fiscal year 2011 nearly 700 participants received tuition-free classes or one-on-one tutoring in Adult Basic Education (ABE), GED preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Within these programs Literacy Chicago also provides outcomes-focused curriculum to establish and grow pathways to the workforce and post-secondary education. Learners come from primarily disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the city and currently attend sessions in the Loop, Austin, Woodlawn, Canaryville, Englewood, Albany Park and Logan Square. Program/classroom details, events and volunteer information can be seen on-line at: or by calling 312-870-1100.