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First Book Geneva hopes to raise $1,600

The inaugural First Book Geneva fundraiser will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Comedy Playhouse on East Castle Street. Each $12 ticket sold will allow First Book Geneva to buy three books for local children.

Several “Speed Readers” will kick off the event – each has been nominated for his or her commitment to children and the community. They include Marge Shanahan, who manages the Community Lunch Program through Catholic Charities; Ave Bauder, director of the HWS Public Service Office; Cait Allen ’06, president of the William Smith Congress; the Rev. W. James Gerling, pastor of The Presbyterian Church in Geneva and Chairperson of Success for Geneva’s Children; HWS President Mark D. Gearan, Mike Hanna '68, director of Hobart Athletics; and Wendy Doyle, principal of Border City Multi-age School in Waterloo.

Each will have 15 seconds to read as many words as they can from a children’s book; the winner will decide which local organization serving children will receive a grant of new books. After the “Speed Read,” professional comedians will take over the stage and the laughs will continue: Moody McCarthy and Tom Anzalone are scheduled to perform. Check them out at and

For tickets, call (315) 781-3825, e-mail or visit to the HWS Public Service Office in Trinity Hall on South Main Street. Tickets are also available at the Waterloo Teacher Resource Center in the Main Street Shop Center in Waterloo. Tickets will also be available at the door.

First Book Geneva is part of the national non-profit network of volunteer-led advisory boards, and is coordinated by the HWS Public Service Office.

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