Scribbles to Novels Boston

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A celebration of the power of the written word.

Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that celebrates the power of written word. Across the country, we unite prominent authors, celebrities and leaders in early childhood education to underscore the importance of literature in children’s lives and reinforce our critical mission—to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Highlights from 2014

Jumpstart’s annual Scribbles to Novels event was held on May 15, 2014 at the InterContinental Boston. Attendees were provided the opportunity to meet well-known authors in an intimate setting and featured renowned sportswriter and television analyst, Bob Ryan, and bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney. In addition to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Kinney, Scribbles to Novels featured a round-table discussion highlighting the importance of literature and education in the lives of a number of distinguished authors, raising awareness of Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Authors included Gish Jen, author of Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self; Sue Miller, author of Oprah's Book Club selection While I Was Gone; and Mary Pope Osborne, award-winning author of the Magic Tree House series.

The event honored Mark Nunnelly, Managing Director of Bain Capital, for his many years of service on Jumpstart’s National Board of Directors and his leadership in education reform. Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels brought together an audience of over 300 supporters and raise more than $750,000 for Jumpstart’s programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

May 15, 2014

Honoring Mark Nunnelly
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Featured Authors
Gish Jen, Author of Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self
Jeff Kinney, Bestselling author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series
Sue Miller, Author of While I Was Gone, an Oprah's Book Club selection
Mary Pope Osborne, Award-winning author of the “Magic Tree House” series
Bob Ryan, Sportswriter for The Boston Globe

Authors Circle
Ron Della Chiesa
Anita Diamant
Andre Dubus III
Hank Phillippi Ryan

Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Deval L. Patrick and First Lady Diane B. Patrick

Host Committee

Bill & Vicki Barke, Co-ChairsBridget Moynahan
David & Suzanne Lissy, Co-ChairsMark Polebaum & Diane Buhl
Ian & Caitlin BlascoRebecca Schechter
Holly McGrath Bruce & David BruceRob & Christine Small
Ann & John DaleyJoseph & Lisa Terry
Eric Greenberg & Joanna BalzerJennifer & Rob Waldron
David Humphrey & Markella ZanniEJ & Lori Whelan
Jordan & Evonne Meranus 


Andrew & Melora Balson Holly McGrath Bruce & David Bruce | Steve Woodsum & Anne Lovett

 Bill & Vicki Barke | Martin & Tristin Mannion | Mark Polebaum & Diane Buhl 
Rob & Dana Smith | Solebury Capital LLC 

Anonymous | Paul & Becky Bidwell-Hanson | BJ’s Wholesale
Ian & Caitlin Blasco | 
BNY Mellon | Bright Horizons 
Kevin & Julie Callaghan 
| Cengage Learning Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP 
Dechert LLP | Kenneth & Tamar Frieze | David & Suzanne Lissy
Jack & Judith Remondi | Seyfarth Shaw LLP | Stratus Technologies
Mark & Gina Verdi 
| WilmerHale | EJ & Lori Whelan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA | The Boston Foundation Courier | Gabrieli Family Foundation 
Bill & Irene Marsh | ML Strategies Ropes & Gray LLP

Alexander Aronson Finning CPAs | The Carol C. McMullen Charitable Foundation 
Linda & Michael Frieze | Kronos Incorporated | UBS