‘Arabian Nights’ theme of Book Trust extravaganza

Book Trust will present its fifth annual fundraising extravaganza, Arabian Nights, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Fairmont Kea Lani Resort in Wailea. It will feature fire performers, belly dancers and Mediterranean cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Tylun Pang and the Fairmont culinary team.

Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items including travel packages, fine art and activities.

Book Trust delivers books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering lifelong learning.

During the 2016-17 school year, Book Trust will empower over 6,000 students at 15 Title 1 schools in Hawaii to select two to three books monthly and build a personal library of up to 30 books. This will bring Book Trust’s cumulative impact to over 1 million books in Hawaii.

“Each year, thousands of children from low-income families in Hawaii start school without ever having owned a book. In areas of poverty, the ratio of books to children is just one book for every 300 children,” said Book Trust Hawaii Director Shay Goodfellow. “Book Trust is changing that. We want every child to have an opportunity to fall in love with reading and have access to a brighter future.”

All of the net proceeds from the Book Trust’s Arabian Nights Extravaganza will go toward supporting Book Trust’s work in Maui County. Event Sponsors include Scholastic Reading Club, Goodfellow Bros. Inc., A&B Properties, Bank of Hawaii, Serimus Foundation, Dowling Co. Inc. and Armstrong Builders.

Standard tickets are $150. For more information, call (808) 359-1951 or visit biddingforgood.com/booktrustmaui.