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500 attendees, 18 teams and multiple adventures helped us raise $120,000

for literacy!

Thank you, Madison!

Theme: “Dress for Your Adventure”

It's our signature event bringing together lovers of reading and fashion in support of literacy. By attending and sponsoring READ(y) to Wear, you make it possible for us to continue to provide another 100,000 free, high-quality books to kids in the Dane County area.

On June 12th, 18 incredible teams presented their paper outfits on the catwalk and we were blown away by their creativity, skill, and artistry!! The top prizes went to Flights of Fancy who won first place, Las Madrinas who came in second, and Park Bank who placed third!

Over 500 attendees helped us raise $120,000(!) to ensure we can continue providing literacy services at no cost to children, families, and educators. Thank you so much to the attendees, sponsors, staff, RTW committee, board members, and the design teams who all made it happen!

READ(y) to Wear 2024

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The Location

The Emcees

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Bianca Breeze

Bianca has been performing and producing events for 12 years. She is the owner and emcee of BLB Productions. She is more commonly known as Dane County’s Premier Drag Bingo Hostess. She loves glitz and glamour, is the former Miss Gay Madison, and is our Current Miss Gay Wisconsin USofA 2023.

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Jason Illstrup

Jason is the President of Downtown Madison, Inc. (DMI), a member-based non-profit working to make Downtown Madison an economically strong, inclusive, equitable, and vibrant place to live, work, and visit.

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Rowan Childs

Rowan loves all things books and all things fashion. As MRP's founder, she is passionate about providing kids and educators with the best books to inspire a love of reading. She hopes you are ready to strike a pose for Madison Reading Project. Don't forget to get your ticket to the show and bring your masquerade mask!

The Sylvee

The 2024 show would not have been possible without our incredible sponsors!

Marquee Level Sponsor 

In Vogue

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Fashionista

Haute Couture

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Need more information about sponsorship, teams, and the design competition?

Email Rowan about sponsorship: rowan@madisonreadingproject.com.
Email Haley about team signups: haley@madisonreadingproject.com.

Check out our info packet to find out more: Download our sponsorship & team packet.

We raised $85,000 at the 2023 READ(y) to Wear fundraiser!

Looking Back at READ(y) to Wear 2023

It's our signature event bringing together lovers of reading and fashion in support of literacy. By attending and sponsoring READ(y) to Wear, you make it possible for us to continue to provide another 100,000 free, high-quality books to kids in the Dane County area. We were absolutely blown away by the support we received from our community and the incredible designs our teams came up with.

Scroll through our professional portraits below!

Portraits by Crimson Sun Studios

Event Photos by Crimson Sun Studios

Take a look at our 

"Tu-torials", pro tips

for READ(y) to Wear

design teams!

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Read(y) to Wear 2023:

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Read(y) to Wear 2022:

Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Read(y) to Wear 2020

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