Guild Luncheon Floral Element ImageCelebrate Reading! Fiesta Guild Header Image

May 3, 2024 — Jr. League of Houston — 10:30-1:00PM

Keynote Speaker — Belinda Mays - Award-Winning Author & Speaker

Luncheon Chairs — Shelby Doehring & Dawn Zieren

Did you know that 41% of young children in Houston are not ready for kindergarten? Or that 73% of 3rd graders in Houston do not read at grade level?

Literacy Now provides reading readiness and reading intervention programs, parent engagement, and trained volunteer mentors for our Lunch Bunch program - elements contributing to children's long-term success. We support children and their families in HISD and Aldine ISD and community sites throughout Houston. Our goal is to empower students to read on grade level by the end of third grade, thereby increasing the likelihood that children will graduate from high school and be ready to pursue postsecondary goals.

Mark your calendar for May 3, 2024, for the 10th Annual Guild Luncheon, Celebrate Reading! Fiesta, at The Junior League.

Join Luncheon Co-Chairs Shelby Doehring and Dawn Zieren along with the Literacy Now Guild, at this incredible event benefiting the children and families we serve.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors


Julia & Jody Batdorf

Community Health Choice

Francisco & Philana Diaz


Alliance Bank

Jacque & Mike Daughtry

Britain & Jeremy Garner

Mignon & Steve Gill

Lauren Geary & Trish Huddleston

Cathy McDonnell

Seyfarth Shaw

Academic Success

Julia & Jody Batdorf

Community Health Choice

Philana & Francisco Diaz

Gilbert & Pardue Transaction Advisors

AnnaLee & Andy Waite



Nell & Russell Clingman

Jacque & Mike Daughtry

Friends of Literacy Now (Karen Gardstein)

Frost Bank

Mignon & Steve Gill

Renee & George Humphrey

Karla & Pau LeBlanc

Cathy & Mike McDonnell

Stellar Bank

Megan Vondra


Karen & Dwight Dunlap

Frost Bank

Major Event Donors

Kathryn & George Martinez

Rebecca & Dudley Ray

The Whalley Foundation

Event Donors

Shelley Frisby

Holly & Breen Haire

Linda & Bobb Ittner

Emma & Brad Kirchhofer

The Tenney School