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June 09, 2016 06:00 PM

It was a night of celebration!

Time Inc.’s Chief Content Officer, Norman Pearlstine, Geraldo Rivera, Tommy Hilfiger and famed author Gay Talese joined forces on Tuesday at the Literacy Partners Evening of Readings and Gala Dinner Dance in New York City.

The event, which raised over $1 million to further the organization’s mission to end illiteracy one adult at a time, also honored Pearlstine for his devoted work in literacy and philanthropy.

“We live in an age where many people think 140 characters is longform journalism,” Pearlstine said while accepting his award, which was presented to him by Talese. “Our society needs readers to understand the complexities and richness in life.”

During the evening, the Literacy Partners launched their new compelling campaign called “What Kids Read,” which brings attention to parental illiteracy and how much in impacts their families.

Erica Rivera and Geraldo Rivera
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As a whole, the organization has provided critical literacy services to over 25,000 New York City adults and their families. Now, the Literacy Partners takes the approach of focusing on parents of young children by offering free classes throughout the city that can help improve their reading, writing, and English skills, all while educating themselves about child development.

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