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Celebration of Reading in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Date: November 06, 2018

Location: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas

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The Barbara Bush Foundation invites you to join us as we celebrate the 17th annual Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth. Featuring guest appearances by members of the Bush family and New York Times best-selling authors, the event features a private, intimate luncheon and VIP reception with guest authors, and the always-entertaining reading program followed by dinner. Throughout the Celebration, you can expect to be entertained by a lineup of engaging authors reading from their most recent works, inspired by a transformational testimony of the impact the Foundation is making in North Texas, and empowered to be an advocate for literacy in your community.

Last year, funds raised from the annual Celebration of Reading made it possible to continue supporting more than 140 family literacy programs and groundbreaking literacy initiatives throughout the country that provide parents and children – including nearly 5,000 families right here in North Texas – with access to educational opportunities so they can better their own lives and pass these important skills down to the next generation.

Thank you for your support of the Celebration of Reading Dallas/Fort Worth.

To reserve your table or for more information on sponsorships, please contact Melissa Metoyer at or 469.471.8072. Individual tickets are currently not available, but will be available for purchase later this fall. For all other requests, please email us at

November 6, 2018

Noon Celebration Luncheon with Guest Authors and
Top Sponsors (Silver Sponsors & Higher)
6 – 7 p.m VIP Authors’ Reception (Patron Sponsors & Higher)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Horchow Hall
6:30 p.m. Doors Open (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center
7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Program (All ticket holders)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Concert Hall
8:30 p.m. Celebration of Reading Dinner
($250 individual tickets; all sponsors)
Meyerson Symphony Center – Main Lobby
9 p.m. Guest Author Book Signing
Meyerson Symphony Center – Lower Lobby

Author Information

Thank you to our wonderful 2017 guest authors. Author lineup for 2018 to be announced soon. 

Leigh Anne Tuohy
Dubbed a “warrior princess” by author Michael Lewis in his best-selling book The Blind Side, Leigh Anne is the inspirational matriarch of the Tuohy family. A Memphis, Tennessee native, Leigh Anne graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. There, Leigh Anne met Sean Tuohy, her husband of 31 years. Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm with her mother and partner, Virginia Roberts. Her work has been featured on HGTV and in numerous publications. She has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippen, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo, and was a member of the design team for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition during the 2010-11 season. Years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Leigh Anne continues to make an impact. In July 2010, she and her husband, Sean, released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity. Through all of their projects, the Tuohy family continues their mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth.


Kristin Hannah
Kristin Hannah is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels, including her international blockbuster The Nightingale, which was awarded the coveted Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards and named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon. Her other novels include Winter Garden, Night Road and Firefly Lane. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.


Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne is an ardent advocate and supporter of child literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, mysteries, and the phenomenally best-selling Magic Tree House series. From 1993 to 1997, Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country’s leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children’s literacy.


Ron Hall
Ron Hall is an international art dealer and the writer of the best-seller, Same Kind of Different as Me. Inspired by the true story of Hall’s life-changing encounter with a homeless man, the book was featured on the New York Times list for more than three years, and will debut this October as a major motion picture starring Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight and Greg Kinnear. In connection with his travels across the nation raising awareness and funds for the homeless, Hall has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed him to the State Department Cultural Property Committee to advise on diplomatic matters regarding international art and antiquities. A graduate of Texas Christian University, he was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.



Sponsorship Information

The Celebration of Reading event helps raise both awareness and funds to support the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which remains committed to Mrs. Bush’s vision, providing innovative programs and strategies aimed to expand access to education for all Americans.

Sponsored tables and tickets are available at various prices. To reserve your table or for more information on 2018 sponsorship, please contact Melissa Metoyer at or 469.471.8072.

Learn about our 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities.

Celebration Committee

Event Chair: Brill Garrett

Brill has dedicated her life to making a difference in the community and in the lives of students and children. This is evidenced by the numerous outreach programs she has created, coordinated and invested her time in. She serves as Vice President/Secretary of Jason Garrett Starfish Charities, coordinating programs that influence children of all ages. Garrett also serves as an art docent at AT&T Stadium and is an active member of the Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association. Additionally, she participates on several charitable boards including Camp John Marc, Center for Brain Health, SMU Simmons School and Special Needs Ministry Central Committee at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1988 with an A.B. with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School, Garrett went on to Harvard Law School and earned her J.D. in 1992. After receiving her J.D. from Harvard, Garrett worked with defense lawyers in Dallas, Texas. She and her husband, Jason, live in Dallas with their two dogs, Baci and Bella.

Honorary Chair: First Lady Laura W. Bush

Committee Members

Allie Beth and Pierce Allman

Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge

Gina Betts

Judith Gass

Michelle Staubach Grimes

Meredith Land

Betsy and Scott Matheson

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Jan Rees-Jones

Gail and Scott Rolseth

Marianne and Roger Staubach

Jamie Williams

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301