Power couple to be honored

The newest Champions of Literacy – literary power couple Dayna Steele and Charles Justiz – will be honored by Literacy Advance of Houston on Thursday, Nov. 11. The evening event will take place at The Downtown Club at Houston Center, 1100 Caroline, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Michael Garfield, the “High-Tech Texan,” will serve as master of ceremonies.

Honorary Chairs for the event are Kristi and John Schiller, good friends of Steele, who is an author, business entrepreneur and Houston rock radio diva, as well as her husband, who is a pilot, professor, PhD and the author of the new sci-fi thriller Specific Impulse.

Part of the evening’s festivities will include the event’s annual big draw, “What’s Your Favorite Book?” Silent Auction. Included among the responses to Dayna and Charlie’s request were those from David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash (and later “and Young”); Elayne Boosler, comedian; Paul Begala, former White House advisor to President Bill Clinton; and Billy Mumy, child actor and longtime friend. Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Bonnie Dunbar and Shuttle Commander Tom Henricks also offered up their favorite reads.

All proceeds from the evening benefit Literacy Advance and its free English literacy classes offered to the community. Tickets are available by calling 713-266-8777 or go to www.literacyadvance.org.

Established in 1964, Literacy Advance of Houston is a 501(c)(3) organization. Its mission is transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.