Tuliao participates in the inaugural Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for Spectrum

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/18/2019


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Assistant Director for Recruitment and Retention

American Library Association Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services


CHICAGO — Miriam Tuliao has announced that she will participate in the 2019 Washington DC Sharkfest Swim to raise funds for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. The event will take place on June 23 at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C., and this is Tuliao's 12th year swimming to raise funds for Spectrum.

Tuliao will be swimming in memory of two mentors, Leslie Fass Ederer and Chad Quartuccio.  Tuliao shares, "throughout their careers, these two NYPL veterans promoted literacy, books, and storytelling while supporting thousands of New York city's families."

Tuliao is a United States masters swimmer who has participated in several long-distance open water events, including the Big Shoulders 5K Swim in Chicago in September 2007. Tuliao completed the New Jersey State Triathlon in 2008 and the 5.85-mile Little Red Lighthouse swim in 2009, both times raising funds for the ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program. Tuliao has also participated in two United States Masters Swimming two-mile Cable Open Water National Championships in support of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative. She raised funds for Spectrum through swimming a 1.2-K race around the Statue of Liberty in memory of Mrs. Ann Bianchini in 2012 and swam the 2013 IGLA Championship Open Water Swim in memory of Elizabeth A. Blatz and Carol Small. In 2014, she swam in the Annual Lake Erie Open Water Classic in honor of George and Deborah Trepp. She raised more than $1,500 each of the last three years through the 2016 Grimaldo's Mile Swim in memory of Lynn Taylor, the 2017 Steve Belson Memorial Ocean Mile Swim in honor of Cynthia Clark, and the 2018 Foster Lake Cable Swim in memory of John Whitt and Lucidia Gratacos Arus.

Miriam Tuliao is a library marketing manager at Penguin Random House and member of APALA and RUSA. She was formerly the assistant director of selection at BookOps, the shared technical services organization of New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit www.ala.org/spectrum.

Give one of three ways to support Tuliao's efforts" Contribute through her CrowdRise fundraiser, donate online at ec.ala.org/donate by selecting Spectrum and make your gift in tribute to Miriam Tuliao, or mail checks (payable to ALA Spectrum Scholarship with the memo "Tuliao 2019 Swim") to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.  All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.