Henry Winkler.

Henry Winkler

FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) - The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County has announced that Henry Winkler will be the featured author for the 8th Annual Reading Between the Wines, presented by The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation event to be held at Safari Texas Ranch on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Sponsorship opportunities for Reading Between the Wines, range from $500 to $15,000, and are available now. Sponsor benefits include reserved and premier seating.

Individual tickets are $125 and include live music, wine, a “restaurant stroll” featuring tastes from local chefs and restaurants, the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items and the chance to win a cash raffle. Book Club discounts are available.

Henry Winkler co-stars as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy, Barry. This past September, he was the recipient of the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series which stars fellow Emmy-award winning actor Bill Hader.

Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director. A 1973 audition in Los Angeles forever changed the life of the Yale School of Drama graduate when producer Garry Marshall and Tom Miller cast Winkler in the iconic role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka “The Fonz,” in the TV series Happy Days. During his 10 years on the popular sitcom, he won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy Award and was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Both his famous leather jacket and Fonzie’s lunch box became part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in 1980.

Winkler is also a New York Times best-selling author. His first book, “Niagara Falls, or Does It? Hank Zipzer the World’s Greatest Under-Achiever,” became a bestseller. The books were inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges.

To date, he and his co-author, Lin Oliver, have written 34 children’s novels. Their latest is “HERE’SHANK: Everybody is Somebody.” All the books are sold in bookstores and online across the United States and have been published around the world in seven languages, with more than four million copies sold. He has received a number of accolades from a variety of prestigious organizations, including B’nai B’rith, Peace Prize by the United Nations and Women in Film’s Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award, presented to both Henry and his wife, Stacey, for their tireless efforts and devotion to the “improvement of the human condition.” He also received the Chevallier de l’Ordre des Artes et Lettres, the French government’s highest honor. In addition, Winkler was one of 10 individuals honored by AARP with their 2010 Inspire Award. In 2011 he was awarded the Honorary O_cer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special education needs.

Winkler and his wife have three children, Jed, Zoe and Max, and five grandchildren.

Through humorous anecdotes and inspirational life lessons about overcoming adversity to his storied career in television and entertainment, groups of all ages can learn from Henry’s speeches. His passion for supporting others is the result of a lifetime struggle with undiagnosed dyslexia. Henry has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the educational system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges.

Visit www.ftbendliteracy.org for further details.

Arrangements for the appearance of Henry Winkler made through Greater Talent Network, LLC., New York, NY.

Since 1987, the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County has been Changing Lives through Literacy. The mission of the Literacy Council is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. The Literacy Council provides several programs for its students: Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, U.S. Citizenship Preparation, and Computer Skills.

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