Hello everyone! Caprice and I are collecting books on Sunday December 15 at the 2300 Arena for Lehigh Valley Reads!
The details are as follows:
On Sunday December 15, Ring of Honor returns to South Philly at the 2300 Arena for Final Battle Fallout. In addition to a night of the Best Wrestling on the Planet, Ring of Honor is inviting you to give the gift of reading this holiday season! From 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Allentown native Ian Riccaboni and his broadcast partner Caprice Coleman will be participating a special meet and greet session. The ROH Broadcast duo will be accepting new, unwrapped children’s books – in exchange for your generosity, you will be able to meet Ian and Caprice, receive an exclusive, autographed 8×10, and be able to take your photo with the pair!
All children’s books collected will be donated to Lehigh Valley Reads, a third grade reading campaign that connects students with the resources to provide the best opportunities for success in Ian’s hometown of Allentown and all across the Lehigh Valley, powered by PBS39 and United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley. Additionally, Ian will personally match any book donated in Philadelphia one-for-one.
“I was recently touched by the generosity of Lehigh Valley Reads,” Riccaboni said. “As a father of two with a three-year old that is mesmerized by reading, my wife and I have seen the power books have firsthand to unlock the imagination and creativity of children. Whether it is learning the alphabet and colors or diving into the world of superheroes and adventure, we have been fortunate enough to be able to have the means to purchase books and get him to our local libraries but not all families in our area do. We hope that we can help in some small way during this effort to get books into the hands of families that would cherish them.”
About Lehigh Valley Reads: Lehigh Valley Reads is building a community of readers to make the Lehigh Valley a place of opportunity for all. Third grade is that pivotal moment when children transition from learning how to read, to reading to learn. Lehigh Valley Reads is a regional literacy campaign to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade, by 2025. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Reads, please visit LehighValleyReads.org.
If you would like to add to our book drive total, please send books appropriate for grades 3 and under to:
PO BOX 1207
Allentown, PA 18105
Our goal is 100 books in Philadelphia and 1,000 total. A suggested route to contribute is to purchase through Amazon or other online retailers with free shipping and have the books delivered by that route.
Additionally, many of your favorite organizations, podcasts, companies, community groups, etc. have codes for websites such as Amazon that helps them raise money. Please consider your favorite organization and see if you are able to raise money by using their links should you choose to share your generosity.