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Bennett to host dinner benefit for literacy program

Bears receiver Earl Bennett will host a fundraising dinner at III Forks (180 N. Field) in Chicago at 7 p.m. Sunday.


Bears receiver Earl Bennnett donated 132 e-readers to the Boys & Girls Clubs in February.All proceeds from the event will benefit Bennett's Legends for Literacy, a charitable organization that provides technology and resources to increase the literacy proficiency rate in after-school programs in Chicago.

Last year's event helped generate funds to provide 132 Amazon Kindle e-readers and educational software to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Chicago. Bennett made the donation in February at the Logan Square Boys and Girls Club in Chicago.

"Reading is fundamental," said Bennett, who's entering his sixth season with the Bears. "This program helps to make reading more interactive and fun for kids in disadvantaged situations, which will help to raise reading levels."

Tickets cost $200 and include a three-course meal prepared by III Forks' award-winning chef, a commemorative signed gift, door prizes, raffles, auctions and the chance to meet and mingle with Bennett and some of his teammates. Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are among those expected to attend.

To purchase tickets, call (615) 535-3140 or email

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