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Open Book Program Sponsors


The Open Book Program is bringing the gift of reading to many adolescents in Chicago. We haven’t done this without a lot of help from our sponsors and donors. These sponsors and donors are our friends. They are also the friends of every boy and girl who has been introduced to the power and wonder of reading through the Open Book Program. They are the governmental agencies, foundations, corporations, businesses, and individuals who donate the funds that enable us to carry out our mission.
To these sponsors and donors – to our friends – we say Thank You.
We know that you are reaping the rewards of your generosity.



Thank You For your support
Bank One
Borders Bookstore
Chicago Area Project
Chicago Black Hawks
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Department of Human Services
Chicago Empowerment Zone
Chicago White Sox
Church of the Spirit
Coca Cola, Inc.
Eastlake Management
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Institute of Technology
Institute of Athletics and Education (IAE)
Johnson Publishing
Marshall Field’s-State Street Store
McCoy Security


Northland Publishing
Plum Café
Polk Brothers Foundation
Reggio’s Pizza
Risk Management & Information Systems
RR Donnelley & Sons
Shell Oil
Speedy Printing
State Rep Lou Jones
State Senator Emil Jones, Jr.
The Host Organization
The Jazz McDonald’s
The Kimberly Group
United Airlines
University of Chicago
Winslow Press

Reading Festival Sponsors

Thanks You For Your Support

The Open Book Program wants to say thank you to the many individuals, companies, and organizations that helped make the first annual the 2001 Open Book Off The Page Reading Festival a tremendous success. We thank our sponsors and our many volunteers from RR Donnelley & Sons, 100 Black Men of Chicago, Church of the Spirit, and the Renaissance Women. We also thank the elected officials who supported our efforts including Alderman Leslie Hairston (5th), Alderman Toni Preckwinckle (4th), Cook county Commissioner Jerry Butler. And then there our wonderful authors (see list below) and artists—we couldn’t have done it without you!

Sponsors: The Institute for Positive Living’s Open Book Program in conjunction with Chicago Area Project, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Empowerment Zone, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, and the University of Chicago.

Patrons: Bank One, Chicago Board of Education Chicago Youth Centers, East Lake Management, Hygo Port, Inc., Plum Cafe, Reggio's Pizza, Risk Management Information Systems, and Shell Oil.

Authors: Delores Z. Ali, Geneva Bell (My Rose), Sandra Belton, Marlene Targ Brill, Jerry "the iceman" Butler, Lois Carson, Candace Fleming, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Terry Spencer Hesser, Jaquelyne Jermayne, Cleo Johnson, Kevin Luthardt, Dr. Amina Cora Mayo, Stella Peusner, Harriette Gillem Robinet, Candace Sandym Glennette Tiley Turner, Greg Walker, and Darwin McBeth Walton.

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Open Book Advisory Board


Phyllis Banks
Christopher Bass
Ms. Angela Baumgardener
Larry Coates
Alison Cooke
Dr. Ida Pruitt Cross
Jan Spivey-Gilchrist
Louis Hall
Daryl Handy
Ralph Hughes
Waldo Johnson
Leroy Kennedy



Janis Kierney
Midge Kimberly
Fredrick McNeal
R. Susan Motley
Daryl Newell
Mamie Rodgers
Ms. Joan Rubschlager
Darwin McBeth Walton
Deseree Washington
Ms. Darlene D. Watkins
Celeste Watts
Mr. W. Williams

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