Can you read this page? – A lot of New Yorkers can’t. 

Did you know that:

  • 44 percent of all New Yorkers over the age of 16 were born outside of the US
  • 2.2 million adults in NYC lack a high school diploma, English language proficiency, or both
  • Every New Yorker who earns a high school diploma or its equivalent generates a net economic benefit to NYC of $324,000 over their lifetime due to increased earnings/tax contributions and decreased benefit utilization.
  •  According to a 2010 report from the National Institutes for Health, “A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing other factors, such as neighborhood and family income.”

The Book Industry Guild of New York continues its efforts to promote literacy and provide financial support for the Literary Assistance Center of New York. For the past 23 years, our annual charity softball game in Central Park has raised nearly $400,000 to combat illiteracy on a grassroots level. Participants and supporters of this event include people from the publishing industry, radio and TV personalities such as Ken Dashow of Q104.3 FM, and friends from numerous other industries. Join us for our softball game, free children’s books, and our charity raffle!

Saturday, August 13
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Central Park, Great Lawn, Field #1

Attendees will enjoy:

  • The opportunity to play softball!
  • Free children’s books for every child who passes by!*
  • The chance to win great raffle prices donated by publishers, local restaurants, professional sports teams, and more!**

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event on 8/13. Tickets are no longer available for purchase online. For more information on submitting an ad, click here.

Since its inception, the funds raised through this event have helped many worthy programs and individuals in our community. We are thrilled and proud to continue to be one of the LAC’s largest private supporters, knowing that our events and your donations have made quite a difference in the fight against illiteracy. We ask that you help us to continue this vital work with a donation of raffle prizes or through the placement of an ad.

*All books have been donated by publishing companies.

** All proceeds donated to the Literary Assistance Center. You do NOT have to be present to win raffle prizes.