Tom Brokaw Celebrates Twenty Years of Jumpstart

Scribbles to Novels Event Will Feature Notable Authors and Honor Franklin Templeton Investments and CEO Gregory E. Johnson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MAY 13, 2013) – On Thursday evening, Jumpstart, a national early education organization, will host its annual Scribbles to Novels event at Chateau Carolands in Hillsborough, California. Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that brings prominent business and community leaders together with well-known authors in an intimate setting. This year’s event will celebrate Jumpstart’s 20th year of service to children and will feature Tom Brokaw, renowned Special Correspondent for NBC News and author of The Greatest Generation, Boom! Voices of the Sixties and The Time of our Lives, who will serve as the keynote speaker. Mr. Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Emmys, the George Foster Peabody and the duPont-Columbia University award.

In addition to Mr. Brokaw, Scribbles to Novels will feature an Author’s Circle with a number of distinguished writers, raising awareness of Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Authors include Cara Black, the Aimée Leduc Investigations series; Madeline Levine, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success and The Price of Privilege; Michael David Lukas, The Oracle of Stamboul; and Kathryn Otoshi, One, Zero, What Emily Saw, and other children’s titles.

The event will also honor Franklin Templeton Investments and its President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Johnson, who has served on Jumpstart’s National Board of Directors since 2006 and has made countless contributions to the organization. Mr. Johnson has hosted every Scribbles to Novels event in the Bay Area since 2005, raising more than $1.6 million for Jumpstart’s Northern California programs. Franklin Templeton is a premier global investment management firm and has supported Jumpstart for almost a decade with a combination of financial and in-kind donations, as well as hundreds of hours of employee volunteer time.

“We are marking Jumpstart’s 20th anniversary with a wonderful look back on our history and with gratitude to all of the people who have helped us get to where we are today,” said Naila Bolus, president and chief executive officer of Jumpstart. “We are grateful for the role of the Franklin Templeton employees in providing their time and commitment in our program. Under Greg Johnson’s leadership and philanthropic vision, Franklin Templeton has served as a valuable partner in Jumpstart’s growth over the last several years.”

Jumpstart Northern California serves more than 1,000 children living in low-income communities through programs in 50 preschool classrooms. Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels will bring together an audience of 400 supporters and hopes to raise more than $500,000 in support of Jumpstart’s programs throughout Northern California.


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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

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management solutions managed by its Franklin, Templeton, Mutual Series, Bissett, Fiduciary Trust, Darby Balanced Equity Management and K2 investment teams. The San Mateo, CA-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience. For more information, please visit

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