Rotary hosts pro-literacy breakfast

DEARBORN – The Rotary Club of Dearborn will host its second annual Shares & Cares breakfast fundraiser March 30 at The Fairlane Club.

Proceeds from the event once again will benefit the programs of Pro-Literacy Detroit, Michigan’s largest literacy agency which provides services to adult learners at no cost. Last year’s event raised nearly $4,500.

“Our members agree that supporting the efforts of Pro-Literacy Detroit, which helps adults learn how to read, benefits everyone in our community,” 2011-12 club president John Artis said.

It is estimated that 47 percent of metropolitan Detroiters are unable to read and 44 percent of Michigan adults are unable to read above the fourth grade level. During the past 25 years, Pro-Literacy Detroit has tutored more than 12,000 adults and trained more than 8,000 tutors to help metro Detroiters over the age of 16 to read.

The club is seeking table sponsors for the event. Each table provides seating for 10 guests to attend a free breakfast program and hear from Pro-Literacy Detroit CEO Margaret Williamson, volunteers and adult learners.

To date, table sponsors include Artis, Andrea Awada, Margaret Blohm, Rick Goward, Dr. Omar Guevara, Jim Ives, Kerrie Peterson, Darlene Schoolmaster, The Sadr Foundation, Ray Trudeau, Brian Whiston and Margaret Williamson.

Rachel Fawaz of Trolley Books, a provider of books and story events for children, will provide table centerpieces including book donations.

The cost to become a table sponsor is $100, which covers the cost of breakfast for the sponsor and nine guests. Breakfast fellowship will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the event will conclude by 9 a.m.

For more details about becoming a sponsor or attending the event, email event chair Amy Bazzy at or call 313-433-0013.