Former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy to Emcee Smart Kids with LD's 10th Anniversary Benefit March 12th at the Westport Country Playhouse

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Smart Kids with LD's The Sky's The Limit benefit, hosted by former Stamford mayor Dan Malloy, celebrates the nonprofit organization's 10th anniversary on the evening of March 12th at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT. Honorees include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, who grew up with undiagnosed dyslexia, Nanci Bell, Director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, and the 2010 Smart Kids with LD Youth Achievement Award winner and Honorable Mention winners.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD), the Westport-based nonprofit organization, announces its 10th anniversary benefit on March 12th at the Westport Country Playhouse. The gala event will be emceed by Dan Malloy, who after serving a record four terms as Mayor of Stamford, is currently exploring a run for governor of Connecticut.

On that evening, SKLD is very pleased to honor Philip Schultz, the award-winning writer and educator who grew up with undiagnosed dyslexia, unable to read or write, with its annual Community Service Award. Mr. Schultz has taught fiction, poetry, and literature at universities including Columbia, Tufts, and NYU, has won an American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a National Book Award nomination and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is the founder of The Writers Studio. His most recent book of poetry, "Failure," won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

SKLD is proud to present its 2010 Professional Achievement award to Nanci Bell, co-founder and Director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, an international leader in programs addressing language development and learning difficulties. Ms. Bell, who has a masters degree in reading, developed the understanding that visual imagery is an important component of reading and language processing. Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, which she co-founded in 1986 with Pat Lindamood, includes programs supporting the development of skills in reading, spelling, language comprehension, and expression in national and international learning centers, as well as professional development in schools.

The annual SKLD Youth Achievement Award and Honorable Mention awards will be presented to students from around the country, honoring their outstanding talents and accomplishments in spite of (or perhaps aided by) their learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

Greg Zaic, a general partner of Nexus Medical Partners who has raised millions of dollars for local charities as an auctioneer, will conduct the live auction, including lunch for four in Los Angeles with Henry Winkler, the accomplished author, film and television star and SKLD's Honorary Chairman, who grew up struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia. Other items include a complete set of 16 autographed copies of Mr. Winkler's Hank Zipzer books for children, a week's stay at The Summit Resort Hotel on St. Maarten, a long weekend at a Mount Snow condo, a comprehensive evaluation from The Southfield Center in Darien, a night for two at the Metropolitan Opera, attending a taping of NY Times columnist and bestselling cookbook author Mark Bittman's taping of a segment for the Today Show, a summer weekend at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, rounds of golf at four courses in Connecticut, and a cooking class for eight by AMG Catering and Events.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – with a Martini bar courtesy of Bacardi – in the historic Westport Country Playhouse, including music by Tracey Lyons, the pianist and cabaret singer. After the Awards Ceremony, guests will be invited to indulge in a dessert reception.

Guests may purchase tickets for $150, $250 or $500 (including reserved seating). For information and tickets, please call 203-226-6831.

Sponsors include LIndamood-Bell Learning Processes (also a sponsor of the Youth Achievement Awards), Elise and David Young and Odin Marine, Bacardi USA Inc., The Churchill School of New York City, Deloitte LLP, Fairfield County Bank, Dick and Marissa Ferguson, and Marilyn and Andrew Fezza of Andrew Fezza, Ltd.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Connecticut-based non-profit organization that educates, guides and inspires families dealing with learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders through its educational programs, newsletter and website at http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org.

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