April
22

6th Annual Story Time Celebration

It is hard to believe that another Story Time Celebration has come and gone already!

Every spring, we host our huge fundraiser here in Los Angeles, California. It is designed to be a day where the whole family can come for some fun and philanthropy.

“This event is a SUPER BLOW OUT version of the “host your own” book-raiser. We provide books on-site from which children choose, inscribe and donate to a pre-chosen recipient. We have arts & crafts all made from recycled book pages, costumed characters from your favorite classic tales plus a celebrity story time and yummy treats!”

Can you believe that this past Sunday was our SIXTH year hosting the Story Time Celebration!?!? We are so thankful to everyone (sponsors, donors, volunteers, celebrities, and guests) that came out to support our cause and make this day a HUGE success! It was wonderful to again see so many people enjoying a few magical hours at the Skirball Cultural Center!

We would like to take this opportunity to recap this crazy fun day for you all and share some of the highlights…

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What would a Milk+Bookies event be without GIVING?? It is our favorite part after all! We are so thankful to have had Discover Books back this year sponsoring us and our efforts to get 3,000 books into the hands of children in need. We set up our very own version of a “bookstore” where kids could come throughout the day to pick a book to inscribe and donate. For their good deed, they would receive a Milk+Bookies “I Donated” sticker! We can’t tell you how amazing it is to see kids walking around absolutely covered in these stickers!!

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From the moment the doors open, you can catch kids flocking towards our arts and crafts tables! This year, kids could make birdcages, flowers, floating clouds, and paper crowns all designed and organized by Little Junebugs. Little Junebugs is also responsible for our photo booth props (pictured below), which were inspired by the launch of their hugely successful photo editing app, “Teensy“, that can be found in the App Store (purchases of the Milk+Bookies sticker upgrade in the app benefit our cause). Thanks to Snapgram for providing the super fun photo booth! In addition, we also offered a fun scavenger hunt, and a spinning wheel of tasks, that if completed, would earn you a special Harry Potter pin! Needless to say, these tables were NEVER empty and the volunteers have the paper cuts to prove it!

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One of the highlights of our event and the thing that constantly gets complemented, are our one of a kind decorations that can be found throughout the ballroom. We have a house, a menagerie of animals, and floating clouds with our recipient organizations names all made from recycled and damaged book pages. (We promise no new books were harmed in the making of the Story Time Celebration!) We have the amazing creative team over at Dutch + Finn Design to thank for these lovely creations and bringing the whimsy that everyone looks forward to!

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Story Time wouldn’t be complete if there weren’t your favorite characters running around! Thanks to the awesome folks over at MagicCharacters.com we had our lovely MC for the day Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Pippi Longstocking, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Dorothy, Thing 1, Thing 2, Eloise, Willy Wonka, and Pinkalicious!! Talk about a star-studded event!

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Speaking of stars, Milk+Bookies is thrilled to be the recipient of so much interest and love from such talented and amazing individuals. A highlight of our Story Time Celebration is always which celebrities we are going to have reading. Well, this year, we welcomed back amazing readers Dan Bucatinsky, Henry Winkler, Jayma Mays, Julie Bowen, and J.J. Abrams, as well as, new Milk+Bookies supporter Tom Felton!! The Story Time Celebration ballroom was full of your favorite celebrities like Tiffani Theissen, Marla Sokoloff, KaDee Strickland, Danielle Panabaker, Eric Dane, and many more! Thanks to everyone who came out to support us, we are eternally grateful!

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This year we decided to do something a little different and honor a children’s book author that we admired and respected not only for their amazing stories, but their amazing hearts. Dallas Clayton was presented with our special Bookies Bravo Award for his contributions to children’s literature and delighted the audience with an improvised reading of his book “An Awesome Book About Love”!!

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If you follow us on social media (if you don’t, you totally should!), you might have heard us mention our recent take over of the BookEnds programing and creation of the Milk+Bookies affiliate program Leaders+Readers, which hosts school-to-school book drives helping to build libraries in low-income public schools in Los Angeles, while teaching kids the importance of giving back and promoting literacy. Since it’s start a few short months ago, Leaders+Readers has already raised nearly 50,000 books, impacted over 15 schools, and countless children!! The 6th Annual Story Time Celebration was the official launch of our new program and it was so great to share it with all of you!! For more information on the program and how to get involved click here.

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This whole event wouldn’t even be possible if it weren’t for our amazing sponsors and donors!! A few we would like to mention is The Land of Nod who provided the beautiful furniture for our stage and green room, DreamWorks Animation “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” for providing our goodie bags, Tiny Prints who made our invites and thank you cards, Tot Squad who provided stroller cleaning services for our guests, Ergobaby and Orbit Baby for providing carriers and a stroller to be given away in our raffle, and McConnell’s Ice Cream for providing a delicious snack for everyone!!

Thanks to the team over at Elements Event Production who helped us put it all together!!

All of the books we collected at this event are being donated to Operation School Bell, who is being so kind as to honor us this weekend! Thanks Operation School Bell!!

We hope to see you all again next year!

Till then, remember to always…

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey

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