Brooke Jackman Foundation 2012 Read-A-Thon: A Celebration Of Literacy & Hope
Saturday, September 8, 2012
12 - 1:30pm
For the third year, the Brooke Jackman Foundation celebrates the positive and transformative power of literacy with its annual Read-A-Thon where an array of guest readers bring words to life inspiring children, their families, and the community gathered for an afternoon of books and bonding.
This year’s Read-a-thon will feature guest readers from Rosie Perez, the native New Yorker who can be next seen in the upcoming film “Won’t Back Down,” opposite Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The members of the company of “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,” who are avid readers in the SAG Foundation’s BookPALS program, will also donate time from their busy weekend matinee schedule to read some of BJF’s favorite stories to the children before they swing back up to their Midtown theater. Also reading will be Izzy and Sophie from the popular teen rock band, Care Bears on Fire; WNYC’s John Schaefer; children’s author Stephanie Calmenson; and Dr. Twila Liggett, creator of the beloved TV series Reading Rainbow. Also expected to read will be some of the uniformed heroes of 9/11.
The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF) was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a compassionate 23-year-old who was killed on 9/11. Brooke’s passion for literacy and helping children moved the Jackman family to create BJF as Brooke’s living legacy. Since its creation, BJF has donated nearly 100,000 books and 15,000 “Brooke Packs,” backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has also established four children’s libraries and a number of literacy programs throughout the New York area.
Support provided by Arts Brookfield.
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