Katy, TX (March 24, 2016) The fourth annual Books Alive! Luncheon Fundraiser, graciously sponsored by and held at Bonefish Grill LaCenterra, brought many civic and arts minded folks from the Katy community together to bring awareness to the importance of the arts, and in particular, Books Alive’s niche of literacy through the arts. Books Alive! is a local Katy professional theatre troupe producing original musical theatre productions of children’s literature on tour to schools, hospitals, and libraries throughout the greater Houston area. By bringing “the page to the stage,” Books Alive! teaches literacy through the arts and often provides children’s first live theatrical experience. This annual luncheon historically provides more than 10% of their annual budget.
Kristin Miller, Program Director of Noyes Fine Arts Foundation Book Bash, emceed the event featuring performances of musical numbers from Books Alive productions and Keynote Speaker, Fatima Donaldson. Donaldson, the Past President of Katy’s own ARTReach and owner of FALA Creative, is a fierce supporter of the arts and spoke eloquently on the Abiltiy of the Arts to Change Lives.
Bonefish Grill greatly values participating in the communities it serves and demonstrates that commitment through it’s partnership with Books Alive! by sponsoring this annual luncheon for the past four years and donating 100% of the luncheon proceeds. In an effort to recognize individuals and businesses that invest in the growth and excellence of the Katy community, Bonefish Grill introduced the Backbone of Katy Award. This monthly award will be given to community members who have made a difference and recognizes their extraordinary contributions. The inaugural award was presented to Fatima Donaldson at the luncheon. In turn, the award recipient is tasked with identifying and nominating fellow community supporters to receive the next monthly award. Each recipient receives a Backbone of Katy plaque and an all expenses paid dinner for 8 at Bonefish Grill to celebrate their recognition.
Kristin Miller, Brett and Fatima Donaldson, Katrina and Matt Katsarelis
Books Alive! is presented by the Book Bash program under the Noyes Fine Arts Foundation. Public performances are announced on their website at www.nfaf.org. Sponsorship and gifting opportunities allow the program to reach more underserved or children at risk audiences throughout our area. For more information, contact Kristin Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy of Book Bash Program and Noyes Fine Arts Foundation