By: Brittany Laurin-Boland
We had another wonderful Wine & Words event this year, making eight successful years of fundraising to support Literacy Volunteers at HBPL. On January 22nd of this year, community members gathered for our first virtual Wine & Words to listen to accomplished writer Kaira Rouda answer questions about her incredible life and her latest book, “Somebody’s Home.” The auction that accompanied the night was filled with unique items donated by local businesses and volunteers, and of course, wine, plenty of wine.
The night started with host Bob Madison, leading a charming repartee with Mrs. Kaira Rouda. She spoke candidly about her life and education that lead to a successful writing career. She also graced attendees by reading an excerpt from her latest suspense novel, “Somebody’s Home.” Board Member, Kristen Bitgood, had this to say, “The host was extremely engaging and lead a dynamic interview that really helped me know Kaira Rhouda and get excited for her upcoming books.” We thank Kaira for spending the time to share with us her life’s work and to support the effort to spread adult literacy throughout Southern California.
Throughout the week leading up to the Wine & Words night, people were invited to bid on items generously donated by the community. There were unique and entertaining prizes; A stay in Sedona, spa gift cards, Gulfstream Flight Simulator, wine, and more! We had many excited winners! We are grateful to each and every person who bid on items and donated to Literacy Volunteers – HBPL.
This successful night, with donations coming in from both the auction and Mrs. Rouda’s interview, allows the staff at the Literacy office to continue to support the growth of literacy amongst adults within the Huntington Beach community and beyond. New materials for tutor training, citizenship classes, English books, and more, can now be purchased because of the generosity of the community, the donators, and Kaira Rouda. Thank you to all who support our mission.
If you would like to learn more about Mrs. Kaira Rouda and her incredible body of work, visit her website https://kairarouda.com/. If you are interested in purchasing her latest work, “Somebody’s Home” or any of her other thrilling books please visit https://www.lidovillagebooks.com/. And finally, if you would like to support adult literacy in your community please consider donating here.
Thank you for a wonderful night and we hope to see you in person next year for our 2023 Wine & Words.
– Literacy Volunteers Staff