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Aired: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7 PM EDT

2021 Expert Academy Online Telethon

This year’s Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser celebrates lifelong learning and was aired online.

The Expert Academy Telethon featured three experts presenting workshops on fun and exciting topics.

  • Learn to create a sitcom based on your life from TV legend Phil Rosenthal.
  • Bring out your inner performer with singing lessons from Broadway performer Kathy Deitch.
  • Discover the culinary secrets to preparing tasty tapas from local chef Alex Garfinkel.

We are all learning all the time, and these workshops will remind you of the courage it takes to be a beginner and the thrill of learning something new! This is the spirit of lifelong learning embodied by every adult literacy student who studies at DCLC!

View a replay of the Telethon by clicking the “play” button in the image below.

Click below for details about this year’s event:

Three Exciting Workshops by Accomplished Experts

“Writing for Television: How I Made My Life into a Sitcom” with Phil Rosenthal

Join legendary TV writer and producer Phil Rosenthal for his incisive and lighthearted take on becoming a comedy writer for television. Hear firsthand Phil’s tips for building on your unique perspective and using your life in your scripts.

Phil Rosenthal is the creator and producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and currently stars in the food travel documentary Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix. Phil will be interviewed by his wife, Monica Horan Rosenthal, a Delaware County Native who played Amy in Everybody Loves Raymond.

“Anyone Can Sing”
with Kathy Deitch

Whether you’re part of a choral group or only do your singing in the shower, you’ll learn that taking your voice to new heights is easier than you thought in this highly entertaining workshop from Kathy Deitch.

Kathy Deitch—star of Broadway (including Shen Shen in the original cast of Wicked), TV, and film and a Ridley Park native—for this innovative interactive workshop.

Based on Complete Vocal Technique, Kathy’s exercises are fun and easy to follow. Kathy’s workshop will also include some special-guest students to try out the exercises!

“Tapas Three Ways”
with Alex Garfinkel

Tapas are small-plate dishes that originated in Spain. In this workshop, Alex Garfinkel shares his modern take on tapas by starting with simple ingredients and using a few master-chef techniques to create three separate mouthwatering tapas—each beautiful to look at and incredibly delicious to sample, but completely manageable for the home cook.

Chef Alex Garfinkel learned his craft in some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia, including Le Bec Fin, Morimoto, Amada, and Lacroix. He also studied under Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz in Spain. Alex is chef and co-owner of Balboa Catering and Supper Club in Philadelphia, which began as a catering venture in his parents’ kitchen in Wallingford. PA.

Meet the 2021 Champions of Adult Literacy

Each of these inspiring Champions will be honored during the Expert Academy Online Telethon.

Student Champion
Temadji Kantangar

Temadji Kantangar studied English as a Second Language (ESL) at Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) in 2016, shortly after he immigrated to the U.S. from Chad in Central Africa. After only six months of improving his English, Temadji enrolled in Delaware County Community College (DCCC) and soon earned an Associate’s Degree from DCCC, followed by a Bachelor’s through dual enrollment from Drexel University. He continues to pursue lofty goals and also share his time and talents with the community.

Temadji has recently been accepted into Penn State’s Smeal College of Business in its Supply Chain Management graduate program. And just this summer, Temadji became a U.S. Citizen.

Meet Temadji and learn more about his story at the Expert Academy Telethon.

Community Champion
Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor Community Development Corporation has been serving the residents of Southeast Delaware County since 1995.

Located in Sharon Hill, Neighbor to Neighbor provides direct services to those in need, including emergency referrals, summer day camps, a food cupboard, resources for teen mothers, and free tax preparation.

By offering GED testing—including in-person testing during the pandemic—and by hosting a DCLC GED preparation class, Neighbor to Neighbor has been a safe and welcoming place for DCLC students as they work toward their goals.

Neighbor to Neighbor also develops meaningful connections among organizations and leaders in Southeast Delaware County.

Neighbor to Neighbor is a valued community partner for DCLC and our students.

Hometown Hero Champion
Monica Taylor

Monica Taylor, Ph. D., was elected to Delaware County Council in November of 2019 and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Council. Previously, she served on the Upper Darby School Board and on the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors.

As the Workforce Development liaison for County Council, Dr. Taylor promotes programs that improve the skill levels of all current and potential workers in Delaware County, including adult literacy programs.

Dr. Taylor, along with the Delaware County Public Health Steering Committee, also has spearheaded the efforts to create a Health Department for Delaware County.

For these tireless efforts that benefit DCLC students and all residents of Delaware County, Dr. Taylor has been named the 2021 Hometown Hero Champion.

Special Guests

Special Guest Appearance by Brad Ingelsby

Brad Ingelsby, creator of HBO’s Mare of Easttown

Brad Ingelsby is the writer and creator of the wildly popular TV mini-series Mare of Easttown, which aired on HBO this spring.

Brad will appear as a special guest during the 2021 Expert Academy Telethon on October 20, offering encouraging words and sharing his thoughts on adult literacy, creating Mare, and what’s up next for him.

Mare of Easttown is a fictional murder mystery set in Delaware County. It won four Primetime Emmys and the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries or Specials.

Brad Ingelsby returned to his home state of Pennsylvania to write and produce Mare of Easttown, which stars Kate Winslet, Evan Peters, and Jean Smart. Brad is a graduate of Villanova University and received his master’s degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He has written scripts for Out of the Furnace (2013), starring Sam Shepard and Christian Bale; Run All Night (2015); American Woman (2018); The Way Back (2020); and Our Friend (2021), starring Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, and Dakota Johnson.

Lucy Bustamante will host the Expert Academy Telethon

Lucy Bustamante of NBC10 / Telemundo62 will serve as Emcee for the Expert Academy Telethon.

Lucy Bustamante is a morning news anchor for NBC10 and breaking-news anchor for Telemundo62.

Fluent in Spanish, Lucy is the daughter of Cuban refugees who migrated to the U.S. in 1969. She was born and raised in New Orleans in a home that only spoke Spanish. The skills she learned as a child, of translating between Spanish and English as a first generation American, formed her foundation for her vibrant role as a bilingual anchor at NBC10 and Telemundo62.

“I am truly working my dream job. I’m not just translating words, but worlds,” Lucy said. “I’d like to think our work helps communities get beyond language barriers…and facilitates conversations that need to happen in the U.S. and in Philadelphia.”

Lucy lives in Delaware County and will be sharing her talent and enthusiasm as the Emcee of the Expert Academy Telethon.

Lucy Bustamante of NBC 10 / Telemundo 62

Generously Supported by the Community

The Expert Academy Telethon is made possible by these generous community members. Please click on their logos to learn more about them.

Major Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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The 2020 Literacy Is Essential Virtual Telethon

Click the image below to replay the 2020 LITERACY IS ESSENTIAL Telethon.


Lineup from 2020 Virtual event