Help Build a More Literate Community

The Motor City Wine and Food Festival turned a “what if,” into a “why not” during the summer of 2012. A series of events scheduled for May 2015, will give guests the opportunity to take part in activities in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. These events, from sophisticated to educational, from entertaining to one-of-a-kind will be the talk of the town. Loosely based on the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the Motor City Wine and Food Festival will combine the best in food, spirits, fashion, flowers, music... 

And yes -- cars. 

The goals of the Motor City Wine and Food Festival are to raise funds to support adult literacy organizations in the tri counties, and to raise awareness of the growing problem of illiteracy in our communities.

Illiteracy has no face. It affects your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers and your family. Motor City Wine and Food Festival is raising awareness and funds to benefit literacy organizations in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. 
Since 1984 Oakland Literacy Council has championed the need for literacy services with more than12,000 adult students reaching their literacy goals. Things that we take for granted start out as tremendous obstacles and stumbling blocks to our students. 

The Literacy Project

The Illiteracy Numbers

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In Michigan one in three adults reads below a sixth grade level.

$20 bil.

90%

60%

2/3

Estimate of illiteracy's cost to businesses and taxpayers each year.

Two thirds of students who can't read proficiently by 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

90% of all welfare recipients are high school dropouts.

More than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate.

Other organizations that could benefit from the proceeds generated by the various Motor City Wine and Food Festival events include but are not limited to: ACCESS, Detroit Literacy Coalition, Dominican Literacy Center, Downriver Literacy Council, Macomb Literacy Partners, ProLiteracy Detroit, Sienna Literacy Center.

Our Sponsors 2014