Inspired by the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the Motor City Wine and Food Festival was created in 2012 by Robert Gaylor and Mary Rosenbusch, bringing together Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties in an entertaining environment to educate about meaningful local efforts. The MCWFF combines the best in food, spirits, fashion, flowers, music and cars for a truly unique Motor City extravaganza.
The goal of the MCWFF is to raise funds to support adult literacy organization in the tri-county area, and raise awareness of the silent illiteracy epidemic in southeast Michigan. Its purpose is to shed light on stunning statistics, including the following:
- One in three Michigan adults reads below a 6th grade level.
- The National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
- More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate. Ninety percent of welfare recipients are high-school dropouts.
- The cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is an estimated $20 billion every year.
- Oakland is the largest county in Michigan and claims an illiteracy rate of 15-17 percent of adults.
Motor City Wine and Food Festival is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting efforts to reduce illiteracy and provide a forum for people to learn more about literacy needs in southeast Michigan. More information at www.motorcitywineandfoodfestival.com.