The After School Arts Program (ASAP) will hold its ninth annual Celebration of Young Writers and ASAP Benefit Auction May 10 in Washington.

Festivities will begin with a cocktail reception under a tent on the Washington Green at 5 p.m., followed by a silent and live auction.

The event, a major fundraiser for the After School Arts Program (ASAP), will feature the work of area young writers, read aloud by local celebrities and community members.

Celebrated author Frank Delaney will serve as host.

This year's event is in honor of ASAP's longstanding board member Hugh Rawson.

Rawson, a writer, joined ASAP's board in 2005. He worked on both the Summer Grant Program Committee and the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching Committee.

Silent auction items include a Louis Vuitton bag, a Provence vacation, Yankees tickets as well as fine art by local artists.

New this year, mobile bidding will be incorporated into the silent auction, allowing attendees to bid directly from their smart phones while being alerted if they happen to be outbid.

The readings of 13 students ages 5 through 17 will take place at the First Congregational Church.

The evening concludes with the presentation of the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to a dedicated local educator.

This year's readers include Fran Brill Kelly, Jack Gilpin, Adriana Mnuchin, Ellen McCourt, Sheila Nevins, Diane Meier, Carolyn Klemm, Fran Keilty, Paul Doherty and Alan Shayne.

Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for reserved seating, $500 for silver patron tickets and $1,000 for golden patron tickets, and may be purchased at www.AfterSchoolArtsProgram.org or by calling ASAP at 860-868-0740.