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Description: In commemoration of 9/11 and its own 11th anniversary, the Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF), a non-profit organization that promotes literacy for at-risk children in the greater New York area, will hold its third annual Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon ? A Celebration of Literacy and Hope on Saturday, September 8, 2012, 12:00-1:30 pm, just steps from Ground Zero at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by Arts Brookfield, this free public event for children and families will celebrate the positive, transformative power of literacy.
This year?s Read-a-thon will feature guest readers from Rosie Perez, the native New Yorker who was most recently seen in Showtime?s ?Nurse Jackie? and has three new movies in the works, starring alongside such actors as Brad Pitt, Sharon Stone 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 11th annual Read-a-thon will also debut readings from a moving and delightful, newly published collection of stories and illustrations from the kids in the Foundation?s programs, called ABC, My Family & Me: An Alphabet Book by the Kids of the Brooke Jackman Foundation. All proceeds from the sale of the book support the work of BJF.
The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created 11 years ago to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy ? turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated nearly 100,000 books and almost 15,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after-school literacy programs, at sites across all five boroughs, including homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon recognizes the hope born from the tragic events of that day and celebrates the resiliency of New York and its children.
For more information, please visit www.brookejackmanfoundation.org.