SMART Gala & Lions Clubs of Oregon

      In 1991, a group of concerned business leaders came together to address the troublesome reality that Oregon's children were routinely reading below grade level. SMART's unique model was developed, blending early childhood reading support, adult mentorship and community engagement to positively impact literacy outcomes.

      The program launched in 1992 in eight schools in two cities, serving 585 children. Over the years, SMART has steadily grown to become the state's largest volunteer-driven nonprofitorganization devoted to children's literacy. Since SMART's inception, they have served more than 152,000 children and given away nearly 2 million books. More than 103,000 volunteers have logged 3 million hours reading with SMART children across the state.

      SMART's annual fundraising Gala will be held at the Portland Art Museum on Friday, February 8, 2013. Last year's event brought together more than 500 community supporters for an elegant dinner, live auction and Make A Difference bid for the cause, all to support SMART programs throughout the state of Oregon.For more information on the Gala, contact Alison Bruun, SMART's associate director of development, at 971-634-1620.To purchase tickets, to volunteer, to donate to S.M.A.R.T and for more information visit their website.

      To find out more information about the Lions Clubs of Oregon partnership with S.M.A.R.T., visit their website. The Lions Club of Oregon members in attendance are in the audience to support S.M.A.R.T's literacy efforts and most are also S.M.A.R.T. volunteers or actively involved in providing books for S.M.A.R.T. to give to Oregon children.