Tickets on sale for program featuring noted actor, literacy advocate LeVar Burton

Ivy Tech’s annual ‘Doing the Dream’ banquet set for Feb. 5

KOKOMO, Ind. — Tickets are on sale for the “Doing the Dream 2015” community banquet featuring LeVar Burton, noted actor and host of the original “Reading Rainbow” PBS series. The banquet, set for Thursday, Feb. 5, is part of Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region’s annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Burton, cofounder of the award-winning “Reading Rainbow” digital library and an actor known for his distinguished television roles, will share his passion for children’s literacy and living to one’s full potential as the banquet’s keynote speaker. Through his personal stories, he will share the incredible impact mentors, technology and storytelling have had on his life and how the community – adults, parents and mentors – help facilitate education through many different paths, opportunities and experiences.

“Reading has the power to fuel all aspects of our children’s development and learning potential,” Burton says of his 30-year commitment to encouraging the love of reading. “Its importance cannot be overstated.”

Community members, especially teachers, counselors, mentors, church leaders, government leaders and anyone interested in the future of young people, are invited to attend the “Doing the Dream Celebration with LeVar Burton.” Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. dinner and keynote speech are $50 each ($25 tax deductible). Sponsorship opportunities that include a reserved table for eight for the 6:30 p.m. dinner and eight tickets for the 5:30 p.m. VIP speaker’s reception are also available. Reservations for the evening event can be made online at ivytech.edu/kokomo/levarburton2015.html.

Burton, who at the age of 19 in 1977 burst into popular culture as Kunta Kinte on the TV series “ROOTS,” is best-known as the host and producer of the PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow,” which was on the air from 1982 to 2009, and as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series and feature films. Currently, he plays Paul Haley in the TNT series “Perception.” He has been the honored recipient of the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media from Tufts University, 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP awards, demonstrating in his career he can do it all, whether acting, directing, producing or educating.

Burton will have an opportunity to share his message with members of the Kokomo Region’s “next generation” on Feb. 6 as Ivy Tech continues its “Doing the Dream” celebration with a free convocation for area students. A capacity audience of 1,000 is expected at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center that morning.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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