Del Mar author to serve as chair of United Through Reading®’s Storybook Ball

Del Mar resident and children’s author Jan Krystkowiak will serve as chair of the third annual Storybook Ball which benefits United Through Reading, a nonprofit organization that unites separated families by offering parents the opportunity to be video recorded reading storybooks to their children from more than 300 locations around the world.

Jan Krystkowiak

Krystkowiak, who last year donated the proceeds from her book “You are Never Far Away” to United Through Reading, will work with a committee of volunteers to create a gala experience that brings friends of the organization together to celebrate. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

“I am really excited to be chairing this inspiring event this year,” said Krystkowiak. “I have a firsthand understanding of the need to keep families connected when thousands of miles separate them. Reading together erases those miles and allows children to fully feel their parent’s love.”

Krystkowiak is a mother of five children, has three dogs and is married to former NBA player and assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets, Larry Krystkowiak. She launched her line of personalized books on in 2005.

“Jan has been such a good friend to United Through Reading, and we’re excited that she’ll be at the helm for our gala this year. We look forward to supporting her energy and fresh ideas,” said Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., chief executive officer of United Through Reading.

United Through Reading unites separated families through the read-aloud experience. Its Military Program offers deployed service members the opportunity to be recorded on DVD reading storybooks to their children at home from more than 300 recording locations around the world. Last year, the organization served nearly 325,000 beneficiaries from locations including desert camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, deployed U.S. Navy ships, more than 70 USO locations and on bases and military installations worldwide.

For more information on the Storybook Ball, visit or visit United Through Reading on Facebook or @UnitedTReading on Twitter.

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