Annual Event Will Commemorate Jumpstart’s 20th Anniversary and Honor Robert Small, Managing Director of Berkshire Partners
BOSTON, MA (MAY 2, 2013) – Tonight, Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will host its annual Scribbles to Novels event at the Royal Sonesta hotel in Cambridge. Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that provides attendees with the opportunity to meet well-known authors in an intimate setting. This year’s affair will celebrate Jumpstart’s service to children over the last twenty years and will feature renowned reporter, columnist, television analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton David Gergen, who will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and served as an adviser to four U.S. presidents. He is a professor of public service and the co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.
In addition to Mr. Gergen, Scribbles to Novels will feature a roundtable 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 include Peter Abrahams, Edgar-award winning writer of the Chet and Bernie mysteries; television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Holley; New York Times best-selling author of the popular Fancy Nancy books, Jane O'Connor; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and Moo, Jane Smiley.
The event will also honor Robert Small, Managing Director of Berkshire Partners, for his decade-long support and contributions to Jumpstart and its mission. Small served on Jumpstart’s National Board of Directors from 2003 to 2012.
Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels will bring together an audience of 400 supporters and hopes to raise more than $450,000 in support of Jumpstart’s programs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at jstart.org.