ForWords Celebrates 10 Years of Unlocking Literacy for Youth!

ForWords Literacy Lab celebrated its 10th anniversary on September 17, 2017 in the beautiful courtyard of St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael.

The event was a success beyond all expectations, with 275 guests in attendance under a clear blue sky. Seated beneath colorful umbrellas, they listened to the lively music of La Familia Peña Govea Quartet, enjoyed delicious food from Whipper Snapper restaurant and were entertained by master storyteller Brian Copeland.

ForWords co-founder Elisabeth Siegel presented guest of honor, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke, with an award in recognition of her on-going advocacy of education for all students in Marin County and her support of ForWords Literacy Lab.

Marin County Poet Laureate Rebecca Foust shared poetry and introduced ForWords students who read their own often powerful and poignant poems and stories, sharing their experiences of life in America and what ForWords has meant to them.

The event raised over $90,000 providing crucial support for ongoing programs at school sites and at our Saturday lab.

Your contributions mean that ForWords Literacy Lab can fulfill its mission to:

  • Widen our students’ world through cultural experiences such as trips to historical sites and museums.
  • Enrich our students’ lives through working directly with artists and experts.
  • Explore our choices through visiting colleges, local businesses, agencies and institutions to learn about future career options.
  • Expand our students’ skills through extensive reading, writing, speaking and cultural/historical learning projects.


We are filled with gratitude for all the support shown by our community. A heartfelt thank you for your time, energy, donations and inspiration!


Molly and Michael Beyer
Friedlander Cherwon Capper LLP
Glassybaby White Light Fund
Good Earth Natural Foods
Dr. Peter and Ann Goodman
Douglas Horngrad
John & Jane Kunze
Marin Sanitary District
Milken Famiiy Foundation
Michael and Kathryn Rothberg
The Siegel Family
Suzanne & David Warner
Wells Fargo Foundation


Renee Baldocchi
Sabrina Bigoski
Karen Boudreaux
Mary Jane Burke
Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership
Brian Copeland
David Dunning
Drew Gough
Richard Hart
Colleen Jordan
Peña-Govea Family
Geoff Rantala
Kathryn Amy Rothberg
Peter Schofield
Noah Wasserman


Amapola Creek Winery & Vineyards
Big 4 Party Rentals | Novato
Big City Design & Print
Brioche Pasquier | Galaxy Desserts
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Legend Theatrical
Marin Independent Journal
The Marsh Theater
Robert Mondavi Winery
NBC Sports Bay Area
Cheryl Ruby Graphic Design
Whipper Snapper Restaurant
William Winston Photography
Michelle & Steve Severy