Benefit raises $7,600 for Friends of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library

Regina Brett and Derdriu Ring cochaired "Wise Up!!"

The second-annual Nighttown Academy of Poetry & Letters took place on Oct. 24 at Nighttown Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. A stellar cast, directed by local Irish actress Derdriu Ring and, Plain Dealer columnist Regina Brett, presented "Wise Up!!"

The event featured a cast of local celebrities, literary luminaries, and friends of the arts, each of whom read and brought to life a short poem or piece of prose. The readings were punctuated with musical numbers led by the Academy's music director, pianist Joe Hunter. Also assisting were members of the Friends of the CH-UH Library, who manned the silent auction, led by volunteer Adaora Schmiedl. Photos from the event can be viewed at

This year’s event raised $7,646; last year's raised $7,000. Also benefitting from the event were local independent bookstores, Appletree Books and Mac's Backs, which sold books that evening.

Bruce Hennes is the vice president for institutional advancement for the Nighttown Academy of Poetry & Letters.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 8:57 PM, 11.08.2010