Reading group stages fundraiser tonight

The Children's Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia will celebrate its 15 years of encouraging children to read by staging its "Books and Vines" dinner and auction tonight at Bookwalter Winery in Richland.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Mid-Columbia formed the first chapter in the nation on Sept. 15, 1996. The group's purpose is to remind parents to devote 20 minutes each day to reading with kids.

The CRF board, led by Suzanne Heaston, works all -year gathering special adventures for auction items, such as rafting, cruising, football weekends and fishing trips. In its fourth year, "Books & Vines" has historically raised around $80,000.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of the organization, a slide show will be shown during a celebration recognizing 15 years of service.

Their is to encourage and educate families about their important role in raising a reader, support schools in assuring that children read on grade level by the end of third grade.