Jumpstart’s 13th Annual Scribbles to Novels Gala Celebrates the Power of Reading with Author and Former NBA player Adonal Foyle
Event Honors Former Golden State Warrior to Support Quality Early Education for All Children
SAN FRANCISCO (April 13, 2018) — The national early education non-profit Jumpstart will host its Scribbles to Novels Gala on April 26, 2018 in San Francisco at the San Francisco Design Center to benefit Jumpstart programs in Northern California. The annual event — featuring author, philanthropist, and former NBA player Adonal Foyle talking about his own children’s book — celebrates the power of the written word and highlights the impact that reading and high-quality early education makes for young children, especially those living in poverty.
Mr. Foyle, author of Too-Tall Foyle Makes the Team, is a Golden State Warriors Community ambassador, media analyst, and player advocate. He is the founder of the Kerosene Lamp Foundation, which promotes education and health awareness for under-represented youth in California and in the Caribbean. His most recent children’s book, Too Tall Foyle Makes the Team, is the second in a series which chronicles Adonal’s life experiences growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.
“I am thrilled to be this year’s featured author at Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels gala,” said Mr. Foyle. “Instilling a love of learning at an early age is important to me, and is why I support Jumpstart’s work in early education in the Bay Area.”
Jumpstart recruits and trains local college students to serve preschool children in under-served communities throughout the Bay Area through partnerships with UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and St. Mary’s College.
“The power and impact of education – specifically education for under-privileged young children — cannot be overstated,” says Gordy Holterman, a long-time member of Jumpstart’s Northern California Advisory Board. “It is incredible; Jumpstart should be so proud of their work preparing these children for school, a life of learning, and the multiple positive effects on society that result.”
Last year’s Scribbles to Novels Gala in San Francisco raised more than $600,000 to support Jumpstart’s work in Northern California. Jumpstart will also hold Scribbles to Novels fundraising galas this spring in New York (April 18, 2018) and Boston (May 9, 2018).
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 kindergarten, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at jstart.org and follow us on Twitter at @Jumpstartkids.