By Jessica Wright
On November 7th, Traveling Stories and IDW Publishing co-hosted A Night Out So They Can Read at the Moniker Warehouse. The event was a fundraiser to bring money and awareness to the non-profit organization, Traveling Stories: a company focused on improving the literacy of children around San Diego and internationally.
Emily Moberly, a 27-year-old graduate from John Brown University, founded Traveling Stories in 2010. After graduating from college, she traveled to Honduras where she taught English and discovered what an impact books really have on the minds of children and how literacy can help spark imagination and dreams, helping people to overcome many obstacles that prevent them from becoming the best versions of themselves. Since its inception it has established literacy programs across San Diego as well as seven international libraries that are open to the public.
Tickets for A Night Out So They Can Read ranged from $50 to $60, with each ticket bracket giving the guests various entertainment options. Upon arrival, guests were given a packet with a bookmark that contained the story of one of the children influenced by Traveling Stories, drink tickets, a donation card, and a greeting from Moberly with an explanation of how the event would help Traveling Stories reach roughly 3,000 more children in the next year.
Before the event began, a featured VIP mixology class took place hosted by St. Petersburg Vodka. Fellow editor Adam Bicksler and I were able to catch the end of the mixology class and learned how to make Moscow Mules. The class was really fun and the drinks tasted delicious. Once the event officially began, guests were welcome to mingle and see all the event had to give, which was a lot! IDW Publishing offered a children’s art show that contained the art and stories of children who have been involved with Traveling Stories; Brooklyn Girl and Swanky Baker Catering Kitchen provided delicious snacks—fantastic spicy meatballs with coleslaw from Brooklyn Girl and crowd-pleasing chicken salad wanton chips from Swanky Baker; Traveling Stories sold “Reading is Sexy” shirts; a silent auction with prizes ranging from first editions of comic series to date night baskets; an “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” competition occurred; and finally, a dance party. As the event drew to a close a raffle took place where two groups won a cooking class for two and a wine tasting experience for ten. Also, leaving the event, IDW gave everyone a classic book containing graphic artwork. I left with a beautiful copy of The Picture of Dorian Grey that contains several masterful interpretations of scenes from Wilde’s book.
If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
I had a really great time at this event. As Traveling Stories’ first event of this kind, I was very impressed with how well everything was put together, and thought that the evening went very smoothly. Additionally, I got to meet Moberly and talk for a little bit about Traveling Stories and the event itself. Her excited and optimistic view of the future of Traveling Stories left me feeling inspired. “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” she told me. This quote, she said, was very influential in her vision of rallying people to work together to fight illiteracy, and has resonated with me since talking to her.
To learn more about Traveling Stories, to volunteer, or to donate please visit their website located here.