4th Annual Book Lovers’ Lunch North Shore
Featuring New York Times Best-selling Author Allison Pataki


The 4th Annual Books Lovers’ Lunch North Shore was our biggest and most successful yet!  The lunch took place Friday, May 1, 2015, at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Nearly 250 guests attended this SOLD OUT event, featuring Allison Pataki, bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife and her latest work, The Accidental Empress.edp_150501_bbb_bll_web-7849



The lunch kicked off with a book signing by Pataki.  Allison delivered a keynote presentation about her life, her writing and her love of books. In this presentation, Pataki explained her feeling of connection to our mission.  She told a story of how she was read to every night growing up in her home and how she still reads before bed every night – it is an essential part of who she is.   She commented during her keynote, “The work Bernie’s Book Bank does is so important—and impactful.  We simply cannot turn the page on children without books.”

Following the presedp_150501_bbb_bll_print-8522entation was a heartfelt message from Bernie’s Book Bank Founder and Executive Director, Brian Floriani, as well as a video presentation of a book distribution at Whittier Elementary School in Waukegan. A challenge match was offered, sponsored by ThePrivateBank, Walgreen’s, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and Webb Financial Group.  There was an exciting drawing for seven raffle prizes, including a personal appearance by Allison Pataki at your event, High Tea at The Drake Hotel, hors d’oeuvres party for 25 from Longitud315, tickets behind home plate to a Cubs game and an exquisite one-of-a-kind necklace designed by Cindy Broten of CRS Designs.

The event concluded with a boedp_150501_bbb_bll_web-8143ok signing of Pataki’s books, provided for purchase through the Lake Forest Book Store, with a portion of every book sold during the event donated to Bernie’s Book Bank.

“We are so grateful for the support of so many old and new members of the Bernie’s Book Bank family,” said Floriani.  “Allison Pataki was absolutely delightful and we are so grateful for her commitment to the work we are doing throughout Chicagoland.  The support this event created means a lot to us as an organization and will play a tremendous role in our continued growth!


This event raised enough money to collect, process and distribute almost 150,000 books, serving more than 12,000 at-risk children.

Special thanks to Allison Pataki, our wonderful team members, our accomplished Host Committee, our dedicated event committee, including Heather Wojda of Lake Bluff and co-chairs Allison Derr and Maureen Grinnell, both of Lake Forest.

And many thanks to our event sponsors for their support of Bernie’s Book Bank:


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