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From page to stage

Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld
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  • Brant and Elaine Balagia Croucher and Melissa Williams Murphy and Matt Murphy

    Brant and Elaine Balagia Croucher and Melissa Williams Murphy and Matt Murphy (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

  • Emilia Croucher, Brenda Croucher, Elaine Balagia Croucher, Mary Balagia, and Maggie Austin

    Emilia Croucher, Brenda Croucher, Elaine Balagia Croucher, Mary Balagia, and Maggie Austin (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

  • Donatella Beckenstein, Merhnaz Gill, and Melissa Williams Murphy

    Donatella Beckenstein, Merhnaz Gill, and Melissa Williams Murphy (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

  • Brant and Elaine Balagia Croucher and Melissa Williams Murphy and Matt Murphy
  • Emilia Croucher, Brenda Croucher, Elaine Balagia Croucher, Mary Balagia, and Maggie Austin
  • Donatella Beckenstein, Merhnaz Gill, and Melissa Williams Murphy

The nonprofit iWrite literacy organization honored 100 student authors and illustrators at the Page to Stage 12th annual book-signing gala, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown. More than 420 guests attended, raising a record-breaking $150,642. Emcee was Derrick Shore, KPRC 2 Houston Life co-host. Editor’s Choice for story/play winner Prinsha Khanal, a fourth grader, read a portion of her story on stage, and the winner for poetry/song, sixth grader Alyssa Casullo, sang a song she wrote. Elaine Balagia Croucher entertained the crowd with Broadway show tunes with pianist Greg Giacona. This event also unveiled the book cover for next year’s contest, which will give 1,000 students the chance to be published. See iwrite.org.

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Brant and Elaine Balagia Croucher and Melissa Williams Murphy and Matt Murphy

Brant and Elaine Balagia Croucher and Melissa Williams Murphy and Matt Murphy (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

Emilia Croucher, Brenda Croucher, Elaine Balagia Croucher, Mary Balagia, and Maggie Austin

Emilia Croucher, Brenda Croucher, Elaine Balagia Croucher, Mary Balagia, and Maggie Austin (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

Donatella Beckenstein, Merhnaz Gill, and Melissa Williams Murphy

Donatella Beckenstein, Merhnaz Gill, and Melissa Williams Murphy (Photo: Emily Jaschke)

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