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Rye Author Speaks About 'Embracing Change' At Larchmont Shore Club

Author Lee Woodruff with volunteers of Room to Read Westchester Chapter; back row, from left, Cathie Arquilla, Jill Brennick, Debbie Zingg, Janet Godden, Cini Palmer; front row, from left, Karen Regan, Lee Woodruff, Kiran Chetry and Karen Khor. Photo Credit: Michele Gowda
Westchester County legislator Catherine Parker with Room to Read Westchester Chapter volunteers; from left, Debbie Zingg, Catherine Parker, Lee Woodruff, Karen Regan and Kiran Chetry. Photo Credit: Michele Gowda
Lee Woodruff signs a copy of her book. Photo Credit: Michele Gowda

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Lee Woodruff of Rye, a New York Times best-selling author, spoke at Room to Read Westchester's Rally for Reading fundraiser luncheon Wednesday at the Larchmont Shore Club.

As the event's featured speaker, Woodruff gave a customized talk about “embracing change” and touched on topics many are hesitant to talk about even with close friends. Guests were touched by Woodruff’s ability to bring current “tough” topics to the forefront, by opening the door of conversation.

More than 100 people attended the event, which included a silent auction and raffle. The event raised over $10,000 for Room to Read, a global literacy organization that was founded on the belief that world change starts with educated children.

The luncheon was kicked off and moderated by Kiran Chetry, former news journalist of Fox News Channel, CNN and NBC.

John Wood, Room to Read’s founder, gave a personalized welcome message from Hong Kong, which was broadcast by video to the guests at the luncheon.

Debbie Zingg, chapter leader for Room to Read Westchester, walked people through the history of Room to Read and explained how people could invest in making a change in the world by giving every girl a chance to receive an education.

Local bookstore The Voracious Reader partnered with Room to Read Westchester for the event and was on hand to sell Woodruff’s books, including "In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing," "Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress" and "Those We Love Most." Woodruff was available to sign her books after her talk.

Founded in November 2010, the Westchester Chapter of Room to Read is part of Room to Read’s network of more than 40 volunteer chapters worldwide, which collectively bring in one-third of the global organization’s operating budget. Learn more at

Room to Read ( ) focuses on literacy and gender equality in education, two areas where its creators believe it can have the greatest impact.

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