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Scribbles to Novels 10th Anniversary Gala: An Evening Celebrating Jumpstart 

Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that celebrates the power of the 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.

Featured Speakers

Nicholas D. Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist

Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist


April 16, 2015

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Pier Sixty, New York City

Special Guests

Brooke Shields


Nigel Barker


Featured Authors

Lucy Ferriss, author of the newly released novel, A Sister to Honor; The Lost Daughter; The Misconceiver

Rebecca Stead, author of Liar & Spy, When You Reach Me, and First Light

Sarah Mlynowski, author of Whatever After and Magic in Manhattan 

David C. Banks, author of SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character

E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars

Matt de la Pena, author of Mexican WhiteBoy; We Were Here; The Living

Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night and Happens Every Day

Cynthia Weil, author of I'm Glad I Did


Live Auction Featuring 

Ottis “O.J.” Anderson, Former Giants Running Back & Superbowl XXV MVP

Host Committee

Milena Alberti
Lorie Almon & Mitch Bompey
Dale Atkins-Rosen & Robert Rosen
Kirsten Axelsen Carmel & David Carmel
Donna & Mark Bolender
Kyong & Brad Coleman
Thomas Connolly
Allison Devore & Ross Levinsky
Laura Ensler
Stephen Epstein
Zeynep Ersin
Lucy Green & Mark Flannery
Michele Greenburg
Monique Guesnon & Kristopher Kandel
Karen Hershey & Larry Green
Judy Jablon
Kim Jasmin
Nancy & Max Justicz
Allegra Kochman
Kathy & Jay Lathen
Kellie & Jeff Lerner
Jennifer & Andrew Marrus
Cynthia Mitchell
John Napoli
Krisztina & Brian Rivel
Christa Robinson
Loretta & Chris Stadler
Anne Turner & Alan Riffkin
Betty Weintraub
Molly Wythes & Jim Farmer*


*Dinner Chairs


2014 Highlights

Jumpstart’s annual visibility-building and fundraising event, Scribbles to Novels was held on May 13, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street. The event was monitored by actress and member of Jumpstart’s National Board of Directors, Bridget Moynahan. During the Cocktail Hour, well-known authors mingled with attendees in an intimate setting and signed their books. Authors included Matthew Cody, award-winning author of Powerless; Jarrett J. Krosoczka, bestselling author of the Peanut Butter and Jellyfish and Lunch Lady series; Meredith Zeitlin, author of the Freshman Year and Other Natural Disasters; and Joe Brewster, M.D. and Michele Stephenson, authors of Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life. Attendees were also provided the opportunity to hear from Laura Schroff, featured speaker and author of the award-winning book, An Invisible Thread.  Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and over 500 attendees, the event raised over $1,200,000 to support Jumpstart’s programs in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.