Press Releases 

February 27, 2019
DC Public Library Foundation 

Join us on March 14 “Pi Day” for DC’s Most Well-Read Gala
The DC Public Library Foundation’s Fourth Annual 
“Story Time” Gala Reception
6:30 PM at the new Cleveland Park Library

WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 27, 2019)
— The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) will host its fourth annual “Story Time” gala reception on Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 PM. The event, which benefits the D.C Library’s children’s programs, will take place in the beautiful new Cleveland Park Library, which will be transformed into a forest of knowledge and enchantment and a celebration of reading and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning at the DC Public Library. Tickets are available here

Working with top DC-based event organizers Reid Rodell and the wonderfully dedicated Friends of the Cleveland Park Library, as well as an organizing committee of Cleveland Park residents, DCPLF gala organizers have planned a delicious evening of food, drink and discovery, taking full creative  advantage of all that International Pi Day has to offer. 

 “I am honored to chair this beloved community event,” said Joy J. Dorsey, long time community leader, DCPLF Board member and Story Time Gala Chair. “Working closely with the Cleveland Park community, our numerous Friends groups, our wonderful events team, our generous sponsors and our Gala Committee, we are on track for a truly spectacular event and a special evening for all our guests. Your donations to the DCPLF will help ensure that the children of this City are given opportunities to read, learn and grow from the day they are born.” 

Proceeds from the annual Story Time Gala Reception support the DC Public Library Foundation and the Library’s critical children’s programs that serve more than 25,000 children a month in every Ward throughout the District. 

“Many people in Washington don’t realize the vital role that the DC Public Library Foundation plays in funding some of the DC Library’s most popular programs. Generous contributions to the DCPLF from local businesses, community organizations and every day citizens are vital to the success of programs like Sing, Talk and Read and Summer Challenge,” said DCPLF Board Co-Chair Marquett Smith. 

“With stunning branch libraries like Cleveland Park and our newly modernized central MLK Library on track to reopen in 2020, we are building a public library system here in DC that will be the envy of the world, said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library.  “We are profoundly grateful to the DC Public Library Foundation for its commitment to the lifelong learning needs of District residents.” 

Individual tickets for the “Story Time” gala reception are $150 a person and can be purchased online at There is also a limited number of sponsorship opportunities remaining. 

The 2019 DCPLF Story Time Gala Reception has already attracted several major corporate sponsors, including presenting sponsor Pepco, an Exelon company; platinum sponsors Google and Comcast; gold sponsors Bill and Sunny Alsup, Hilton and the Gilbane Building Company and silver sponsors Brookfield Properties, CBRE, Graham Holdings, Susan B Haight, Lynne & Joseph Horning, Pepsico, Quadrangle Development, JBG Smith, and Marquett & Rhonda Smith. 

Several prominent Washingtonians have also signed on to host the event including notable DC Public Library former and present Trustees, DC Public Library Foundation board members, and others. 

For more information and a full list of hosts and sponsors please visit the DCPLF website.