Literacy Volunteers of Union County will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a celebrity gala honoring Emmy Award-winning journalist Byron Pitts of CBS “60 Minutes” and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz, author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” on Friday, November 2, 2012 at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains.  Also being honored are Bonnie Andersen of Berkeley Heights, Karen MacQueen of Chicago, and Donna Sandorse of Plainfield for the key role they played in the founding, development, and growth of the organization.

The non-profit organization based in Roselle and serving all of Union County, recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide free, student-centered services for adults struggling to read, write, and speak English.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate this significant milestone in the history of our non-profit organization,” said Elizabeth Gloeggler, executive director.  “This celebrity event will raise critical funding support for our organization, which serves adults with the greatest educational and financial need throughout the county.”

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"We are honored to have tremendous support for our Gala from many notabilities throughout the state including:  Bestselling author Judy Blume, Senator Tom Kean, Jr., Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, Assemblywoman Linda Stender, and Union County Freeholders Alexander Mirabella and Linda Carter," said Arlene Klemow, development director.   “The 25th Anniversary

Gala Committee, chaired by Marta and Ken Genoni of Westfield and Ronald Shalhoub, CPA of Madison, is hard at work planning the November gala, lining up sponsorship support, selling ad space in the Gala commemorative journal and gathering prizes for the Gala Silent Auction."

For more information about gala sponsorship or advertising opportunities, please call Arlene Klemow at 908-486-1777 or email