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PREVIOUS CHAPTERS

NO MATTER THE DISTANCE

Some of life’s best moments happen between parents, children, and the pages of a good book. In lieu of our annual San Diego-based gala, Storybook Ball, join us for Storybook Chapters, an online virtual event celebrating military families reading together every day, no matter the distance.

In the week leading up to the Closing Chapter on November 14, we will feature stories of how military families stay reading ready through deployment extensions and COVID-19 quarantines through our READiness365 campaign.

STORYBOOK CHAPTERS SCHEDULE

Tune in daily starting on Monday, November 9, we will feature a 5-minute video about one of our reading families and how they use United Through Reading to stay connected no matter the distance. Then join us on Saturday, November 14 for our one hour live event, including an exciting auction, presentation of our Storytime Champions Award, and a heartwarming story of how UTR helped a single mom stay connected through a long deployment. Read our full program.

Chapter 1: Family Connections
Monday, November 9
8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT

Chapter 2: Communication
Tuesday, November 10
8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT

Chapter 3: Family Routines
Wednesday, November 11
8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT

Chapter 4: Daily Reading
Thursday, November 12
8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT

The Closing Chapter: Live Virtual Event
Saturday, November 14
8:00 PM ET | 5:00 PM PT

Our live auction features 4 amazing trips, bidding will open on Friday, November 13 at 12 PM ET and close during The Closing Chapter. Learn about the auction items here.

For Handbid help, check out these instructions.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Cathrine-Garcia

Catherine Garcia
Evening Anchor, NBC7 San Diego

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

Audrey Geisel Friend of Military Children Award
Brad Meltzer

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Storytime Champions Award
VADM DeWolfe “Chip” Miller, USN and Mrs. Ellen Miller

Storybook Chapters Leadership Committee

Co-Chairs

Cynthia Curiel
Sector Vice President, Communications
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

RADM David Thomas, USN (Ret)
Vice President and General Manager
BAE Systems, San Diego Ship Repair

Members

Bobby Buchanan
Founder and Creative Director
Buchanan Brand + Design

Jennie Brooks
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Elyse Dasko
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
GreatCall, Inc.

RADM Fran Holian, USN (Ret)
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Ret)

Dr. Kim Hunt
Director of Evaluation, Research, and Training
Komposset Consulting Strategies, LLC

Byron Johnston
President
Teague Insurance

Dwayne Junker, USN (Ret)
Senior Advisor, Office of the President
Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.

RADM Terry Kraft, USN (Ret)
Vice President, Leasing and Services
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Sonia Menon
Major Account Manager
US Navy Cisco Systems

Sid Morris
Planning and Development
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Anne Murphy
President and Senior Information Technology Consultant
Claro Vista, LLC

Chris Parkes
Director of Sales
TriNet Group, Inc.

Robert Pennoyer
Director, C4ISR,
BAE Systems, San Diego

Cathy Spetter
Member Outreach Manager
Navy Federal Credit Union

RDML Dave Steindl, USN (Ret)
Director, Navy/Marine Corps Programs
Lockheed Martin Corp.

Charlie Van Vechten
Storybook Ball Chair Emeritus
Senior Director of Marketing
ESET North America

Ward Wilson, USN (Ret)
Director
Boeing Defense Space & Security

Maggie Young
Associate Executive Director
San Diego Fleet Week Foundation

VADM Jim Zortman, USN (Ret)
Northrop Grumman Corp. (Ret)

Storybook Chapters Host Committee

Chair

Terri Conn

Members

Krissy Gomez
Chris Heritage
Sharon Kitchener

Rubi Osborne
Nancy Ruttenberg

Amanda Verissimo
Beth Weber
Melodye Whitesell

SPONSORS

COVID-19 RESPONSE PARTNER

CHAPTER SPONSORS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT SPONSORS

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Cynthia & John Curiel

Anne Murphy & Scott Kuyper

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DEDICATION SPONSORS

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Dwayne & Kay Junker

Jeff & Judy Mader

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Stephen & Susan Swinton

Sponsorship Information available here.

For more information please email sponsorship@utr.org.

UNABLE TO MAKE IT? YOU CAN STILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

Together, with your support, we can bring more video-recorded stories home to military children keeping military families connected and resilient while bolstering critical literacy skills for emotionally and academically vulnerable military children!

For more information, email utrevents@utr.org or call 252.412.8671

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