BENEFITING: Reach Out and Read, Inc.
Adele Porcelli was a resident of Brooklyn, New York, for all 94 years of her life. She was born poor, and when her father, and subsequently, her step-father, both died, her Mother had to work as a house-keeper, for affluent families, to support Adele and her 4 siblings. In the 8th grade, Adele was forced to drop out of school, to help raise her infant brother, Louis. Having only heard Italian being spoken, in her house, until she was 6 -- after family -- school, and reading were the two things that she cherished the most. So when school was no longer an option, reading, and Brooklyn, became her lifelong self-education. To honor Adele's life, passion for reading, and love of Brooklyn, we ask that you kindly donate money, in her name, to Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. We picked this charity because it puts books in the hands of children, and allows them to read, and gives them the confidence and ability to face the world; just as books and reading did for Adele, for over 94 years!