Join Us at the Marketplace

Before the Luncheon and Author Presentation begin, please join us at the Marketplace, taking place between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Marketplace is where you can purchase your raffle tickets, bid on your silent auction items, and visit all of the Words Alive program tables to hear from volunteers and participants about the impact Words Alive has in the community. Be sure to shop with our vendors, who are contributing 20% of their sales to Words Alive.

The Words Alive Program Tour

Make sure to follow the Words Alive Program Tour and visit all the marketplace has to offer for a chance to win the Journey to Literacy Prize Basket!

The Program Tour can be found in the center of your Author’s Luncheon & Fundraiser event program - marked with one of our student-designed bookmarks. Visit each program table and ask the question indicated in the Program Tour to earn a checkmark. Once you have received checkmarks from each stop along the Program Tour, you will receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win the Journey to Literacy Prize Basket!

Fill Our Bookcase

Read Aloud Program

Words Alive provides weekly in-classroom programming for students and teachers from over 180 classrooms in San Diego. This year, the Read Aloud Program curriculum is made up of 231 books.

Help us fill our shelves and build our bookcase! By donating $25 you can help us add 5 new books to our shelf, and for $50 we can add 10! You do not need to be present at the luncheon to donate.

Kindergarten Readiness Tool-Kit

Family Literacy Program

Words Alive provides 10.5 hours of parent education covering early literacy development topics for hundreds of parents each year. At graduation each child receives a Kindergarten Readiness Tool-Kit filled with school supplies, books, and a parent workbook to help continue the learning at home.

For $25 you can help provide these tools to a Family Literacy Program graduate. You do not need to be present at the luncheon to donate.

Spin the Wheel, Win an Author

Adolescent book group

The Adolescent Book Group serves teenagers in alternative schools and brings trained facilitators into classrooms to lead book discussions, writing workshops and hands-on projects to bring books alive!

Spin the wheel at the Author Roulette for the chance to win an author appearance at your book club! For a $25 donation you will have the chance to win either a book or an author appearance from participating authors. For $100 you are guaranteed to win an author! You do not need to be present to win. 

Fund a Diploma

Words Alive Westreich Scholarship

The Words Alive Westreich Scholarship was founded by philanthropist Ruth Westreich and aims to support Words Alive’s Adolescent Book Group graduates as they work to achieve their higher education goals through mentorship, and both financial and professional resources.

Donate $25 and help one student earn their diploma - donate $50 and help two students earn theirs! You do not need to be present at the luncheon to donate.

Marketplace Vendors

Be sure to take some time to shop with our vendors Geppetto's Toys, Peregrine Candle Company, Jewels With a Purpose, and Dahlia Traveling Boutique! Each vendor is not only providing a unique and exciting way to shop before the event, but are also contributing 20% of their sales to Words Alive!