Young Leaders Society kicks off new year with “A Night for the Books”

Young Leaders Society kicks off new year with “A Night for the Books”
Friday, August 16 | 7:00 p.m. | SC State Museum

Columbia, S.C. (August 2, 2019) – United Way of the Midlands’ Young Leaders Society is excited to announce its 2019-20 kickoff event, “A Night for the Books.” The event will benefit Be a Book Bunny, an initiative Young Leaders Society and United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium program.

Young Leader's Society "A Night for the Books" kickoff event on August 16

“A Night for the Books” is a black-tie optional event at the South Carolina State Museum that will feature an open bar and bites from Capital City Catering inspired by travel destinations from around the globe. Guests are encouraged to bring new, age-appropriate books for K-2nd graders that will be given to children in Be a Book Bunny totes; anyone who donates a book will be entered into a drawing that includes a $150 gift card to Hotel Trundle and a 3-month subscription to Audible. The event will also include a Wine Pull featuring various wines valued up to $60.

“Last year, ‘A Night for the Books’ was a huge success in raising funds and collecting books for the Be a Book Bunny program,” said Young Leaders Society Chair Drew Schiavone. “It’s inspiring to see so many people come together for a wonderful evening dedicated to an important cause.”

In 2018, Young Leaders Society's Be a Book Bunny program provided tote bags of new, age-appropriate books and school supplies to 600 pre-K through second grade students at risk of falling behind in reading level and tutored through the Midlands Reading Consortium. Thanks to the many donations at last year’s event, we were able to double the number of books in each tote.

“We are extremely grateful to Young Leaders Society Signature Sponsor Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Plot Twist Sponsor Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Book Event Sponsor United Community Bank for making this event possible,” said Young Leaders Society Kickoff Chair Erika Wasiak.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Dress is black tie optional. Wine Pull $15
Young Leaders Society donor tickets: $60 per donor / $100 per donor couple
Guest tickets: $75 per person / $125 per guest couple
Host sponsor tickets: $250

Tickets can be purchased online at

Option to sponsor a Book Bunny Tote available with online ticket purchase.

For more information about Young Leaders Society and how to get involved, visit


About United Way of the Midlands
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