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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Gregory Peck has helped raise $350,000 to teach adults to read.

Peck is the honorary chairman of The Literary Odyssey Dinners, fundraising events that are held at celebrities' homes and feature a well-known author. The dinners, which cost $300 to $2,500 per plate, took place Nov. 3 in Santa Barbara and Nov. 5 in Los Angeles County.

Philanthropist Eli Broad donated $200,000 of the money for adult literacy programs through the Los Angeles Public Library and its 67 branches.

In 1997 and 1999, the literacy fund-raising dinners raised a total of more than $750,000, publicist Judi Davidson said Thursday.

The program is run by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, a nonprofit fund-raising group run by 250 women.