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Scribbles to Novels New York City Gala

Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers

April 14, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, 2016, celebrate the power of the written word at Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels gala at Pier Sixty in New York City.
Join Jumpstart for a celebratory evening enjoying cocktails and dinner, chatting with well-known authors, mingling with celebrities, and networking with prominent business and education leaders. The evening underscores the importance of early literacy development in young children and reinforces our critical vision - to work toward the day every child enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. In New York City last year, over 450 advocates showed their support for Jumpstart, raising over $1.2 million for Tri-State programs.


Featured Authors

Prominent Special Guests

2015 Event Photos 

Past Corporate Sponsors


Featured Authors

John C. Ford 

John C. Ford grew up outside Detroit and attended college at Stanford University, where he earned spending money (and learned to write) on the staff of The Stanford Daily. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and practiced law in Washington, DC before trading legal briefs for mystery novels. The Cipher, his latest release, is a selection of the Junior Library Guild and has been named to the New York Public Library’s Best Books for Teens list. John’s debut novel, The Morgue and Me, was nominated for an Edgar Award (Best Young Adult Mystery) and shortlisted for five different state teen book awards. He lives in the Detroit area and loves to hear from readers at


Dr. Eric Dinerstein 

Dr. Eric Dinerstein is the Director of the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at RESOLVE. For much of the past 25 years, he was Chief Scientist at the World Wildlife Fund. Beginning in 1975, he conducted studies of tigers and their prey and led conservation programs for large mammals, such as greater-one horned rhinoceros. Along with Dr. David Olson, he is a co-architect of the Global 200, Terrestrial Ecoregions of the World, and with Dr. Eric Wikramanayake, mapped tiger conservation landscapes, designed the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal and India, and came up with the idea of a Global Tiger Summit, staged in 2010, to double the wild tiger population. He has conservation experience in many countries and has published widely on biodiversity, ecoregions, and large mammal biology, including several co-authored books on conservation assessments of ecoregions around the world. His more recent books include: a monograph on rhinos, The Return of the Unicorns: the Natural History and Conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros (Columbia University Press); Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations and The Kingdom of Rarities (Island Press), and a middle-grade novel, What Elephants Know, forthcoming in May 2016 (Disney-Hyperion).    


Prominent Special Guests
Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels has engaged prominent special guests in New York City, including:
• Ottis “O.J.” Anderson, Super Bowl XXV MVP & former New York Giants running back
• David C. Banks, Founding Principal of the Eagle Academy & author of SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character
• Nigel Barker, Acclaimed fashion photographer, film maker, & television host
• Stephen Colbert, Host, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
• Tina Fey, Award-winning actress, comedian, & author of Bossypants
• Gayle King, Host, CBS This Morning
• Cindi Leive, Editor in Chief, Glamour
• Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore
• Bridget Moynahan, Actress & star of CBS’ Blue Bloods
• Brooke Shields, Award-winning actress & author
• Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author of This is Where I Leave You

2015 Event Photos 

Check out some of the photos from the 10th anniversary gala. 


Past Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to our incredible sponsors, friends, special guests, and authors for helping us celebrate Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels 10th anniversary gala in 2015.