The After School Arts Program, which serves the Region 12 school district, will hold its sixth annual Celebration of Young Writers and ASAP Benefit Auction Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Washington.

Festivities, hosted by Denis Leary, will be held at Bryan Memorial Town Hall.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, celebrity readings of selected literary works by young writers from the region, and the awarding of the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to a local educator.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception, followed by the auctions.

Celebrity guest readers will include Mr. Leary, Jerry Adler, Candace Bushnell, Frank Delaney, Paul Doherty, Jack Gilpin, Fran Brill Kelly, Susan Kinsolving and Ellen McCourt.

Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for reserved seating, and $500 for reserved seating and a listing in the program and $1,000 for reserved seating, a listing in the program and a Young Writers 2011 book.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.afterschoolartsprogram.org, by calling 860-868-0740 or visiting Hickory Stick Bookshop on Green Hill Road.