October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and here in Maine we are lucky to have The Portland Children's Dyslexia Center, a very special non-profit that offers a free program to those with dyslexia. Join us for their fundraiser on November 1st at the Masonic Event Center.

Help impact children's lives by giving them the tools they need to be confident and successful through the Portland Children's Dyslexia Center. In the picture above are Emily Reed, Dir. of Communications and Development at the center and Andy and Sarah Nightingale. Sarah is a sixth grader from Saco who has experienced a major turning point in her learning thanks to the program. She says that she is much more confident, has developed friendships and enjoys learning at the center. Sarah describes the program as being more like creative play and less like the traditional approach taken at her school. She learns differently, and this program is geared toward her success. her father, Andy couldn't be happier for her.

The program is two years long, costs $5,000 for each student but is offered free to families. All that is needed is proof of diagnosis and to fill out an application.

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people and is neuro-biological, highly hereditary and not linked to intelligence. Many dyslexic learners have amazing strengths and are known for their big-picture thinking. A few famous dyslexic learners include: Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson, Patrick Dempsey, author Roald Dahl, Prince Harry and Kobe Bryant.

Give a child who is discouraged and frustrated by traditional learning styles the chance to flourish through the Portland Children's Dyslexia Center. Buy your tickets to the organizations fundraising event on November 1st at the gorgeous Masonic Event Center on Congress Street in Portland at dyslexiacenterportland.org.

The event includes a silent auction offering: travel packages, Red Sox box seats, gift certificates, date night packages, sporting goods, signed sports memorabilia, art and much more. Live music from Colby After Eight, an amazing acapella group, will keep you entertained while you enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres.