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Literacy Advance scores a "hole in one" with successful Reader Cup - Larry Dierker Celebrity Golf Tournament

Hall of Fame Underwriter White Oak Gives Back Houston, Texas (February 28, 2012) - Larry Dierker, host of the Reader Cup – Larry Dierker Celebrity Golf Tournament and Melanie Fisk, Executive Director of Literacy Advance of Houston celebrated the success of the annual tournament that raised nearly $100,000 for the non-profit organization.

Celebrity golfers including Dan Pastorini, Jim Deshaies, Kevin Bass, Dave Elmendorf, Bill Dawley, Homero Blancas, Burton “Bubba” Gilliam, Doug Pike, Danya Steele, Ellis Wyms and more, joined with Reader Cup underwriters and Literacy Advance supporters to enjoy a scramble-style tournament at the award-winning BlackHorse Golf Club.

The Advanced Cable Technology team came away with the much coveted First Place trophy. Other prizes were awarded, including Longest Drive won by Kevin Bass, and a spirited live auction emceed by Dayna Steele.

Dierker, since his “retirement” as a Houston Astros pitcher/broadcaster and manager, has donated more than 1,000 hours of his time teaching adults to read and write in English. The Reader Cup – Larry Dierker Celebrity Golf Tournament grew out of Dierker’s desire to reduce illiteracy in the greater Houston area.

For additional information about the Reader Cup or high res images please contact Susan Schmaeling at or (713) 349-0780.

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Reader Cup Golf Picture

About Literacy Advance of Houston

In Houston, approximately 20% of the adult population struggles with challenges associated with low and limited literacy, which has a dramatic effect on their quality of life. Factors such as high school drop-out rates, crime and incarceration, unemployment, homelessness and job stagnation are influenced by the literacy level of the individual. Even dealing with everyday activities like reading to their children, completing a job application, and getting a driver’s license can be difficult tasks.

For 48 years, Literacy Advance of Houston, whose mission is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy, has provided hope and support for these individuals through free Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language literacy programs and services in the Greater Houston area. With 100% of our classes delivered by trained volunteer tutors, we meet learners at their literacy level and create opportunities to help them attain their personal learning goals.

You too can be a part of the solution by becoming a volunteer or donor. Literacy Advance is a United Way Agency, a member of the Better Business Bureau, and an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy. Please visit Literacy Advance’s website at, “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get involved.


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