Expert Academy Telethon

Save the Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7 PM EDT

2021 Expert Academy Online Telethon

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

The Expert Academy Telethon features 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!

Also, you’ll meet this year’s Champions of Adult Literacy, be inspired by student stories, hear from special guests, and more!

Join us online for this one-of-a-kind celebration of lifelong learning and adult literacy!

Check back for updates on the event. You can register for free here.

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.

Premium Packages Offer Personalized Sessions with the 2021 Experts

Ready to learn more about comedy writing or singing with personalized feedback? Want to taste Chef Alex Garfinkel’s amazing dishes and enjoy the ambience of an intimate supper club? Then the Expert Academy Premium Packages may be for you! Support Delaware County Literacy Council by purchasing one of these premium packages and get exclusive access to the experts in a small-group session. Premium packages are available for purchase on the event registration form—click on above “Premium Packages” button. They can be purchased until October 30, 2021.

Phil Rosenthal Premium Package: Delve into the specifics of writing comedy for television. Join Monica Horan Rosenthal and Phil Rosenthal for a live conversation on sitcom writing. Bring your questions and be ready to interact with these two legends of TV comedy in a small-group Zoom to be held at 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, December 2, 2021. Cost: $250/person. Purchase package here.

Kathy Deitch Premium Package: Get exclusive live access to tips on singing, performing, and auditioning in this live singing tutorial. Each attendee will receive a 20-minute one-on-one consultation with Kathy Deitch as part of the tutorial. The small-group session will be held via Zoom at a date and time to be determined. Cost: $250/person. Limited to 5 participants. Purchase package here.

Alex Garfinkel Premium Package: Get a real taste of Chef Alex Garfinkel’s talents by attending a four-course dinner prepared and hosted by Chef Alex and his talented team at Balboa Catering at Balboa at American Silk in the Frankford section of Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 6:30 PM. Cost: $350/person. Limited to 20 guests (dinner will be held only if 8 guests select this package). Purchase package here.

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.

Support the Expert Academy Telethon as a Sponsor

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

Also Sponsoring

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Become a Sponsor

Show your support for free adult literacy services in Delaware County by becoming a sponsor of DCLC’s 2021 Expert Academy Online Telethon. Learn more here and complete your sponsorship here, or email



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2021 Expert Academy Telethon

Last Year’s Virtual Telethon

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


Lineup from 2020 Virtual event