On the Calendar: 23rd Annual BIGNY Softball Tournament to Benefit the Literacy Assistance Center

Did you know that, out of 1.1 million New Yorkers who require literary services, only 60,000 receive them?

If you love children’s books, enjoy awesome raffle prizes, and want to have fun while making a difference, you can help in the battle against illiteracy.

The Book Industry Guild of New York is hosting its 23rd annual softball game to promote functional literacy in NYC on Saturday, August 15th, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Central Park, Field #1 on the Great Lawn.

If you want to play ball, all you need to do is provide your own glove—bats will be provided (though you can bring your own bat if you’d like!) If you don’t want to play but still want to come, just bring yourself and cheer on participants!

Whether you play or not, there are many ways you can support the cause:

  1. Buy a raffle ticket. The proceeds go entirely to the Literary Assistance Center (LAC), and you have the chance to win some amazing prizes donated by publishers. It’s $2 for 1 ticket, and only $5 for 3! You can either buy tickets at the game or purchase them online. Note: you do not have to arrive to the game in person should you win a prize. You will be notified by cell or email in the case that you win one of the great prizes, donated by some incredible publishers and companies.
  1. Come and support. Even if you can’t afford to donate, any amount of presence is not only welcomed but cherished. The more people that attend, the more awareness we can create in New York and beyond.
  1. Learn about the LAC. If you can’t join us on August 15th, be sure to take some time and visit the LAC’s website to see how your potential support creates a more literate community.

No person should have to suffer through life without the ability to read. Promoting literacy has been part of the WNBA-NYC’s mission for nearly one hundred years, so we’re pleased to join the BIGNY and others for such a great cause.

Interested in coming? Be sure to read more about the event here. If you plan on arriving, join the Facebook event for updates in the days to come.

About Alex Grover

Alex Grover is a digital production associate at Penguin Random House. Alex plans on becoming an expert in all things e-books.

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