On Wednesday, April 19th, Jumpstart, a national early education nonprofit, hosted its 12th Annual Scribbles to Novels Gala. Celebrating the power of the written word, Scribbles to Novels shines a spotlight on the importance of quality early learning for all children. The event’s Authors Circle featured a number of celebrated writers, including two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin. Padma Lakshmi, The New York Times best-selling author and host of Bravo’s Top Chef, was a featured speaker, and fashion photographer Nigel Barker entertained more than 400 guests as live auctioneer. Guests dined on a special four-course menu prepared by Curran Affair Events at Capitale, located in the famed Bowery Savings Bank building. Over $1.1 million was raised for Jumpstart’s regional program.
Photography by Jena Cumbo