19th Annual BenefitClick here for more information and to register for this event!

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Brooke’s Cooks Events in 2019!

Brooke Jackman Foundation Brooke's Cooks Literacy and Nutrition in 2016

14th Annual Race For Literacy

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The 17th Annual Benefit

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The 13th Annual Race for Literacy

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The 12th Annual Race for Literacy

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The 15th Annual Benefit

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The 7th Annual Read-A-Thon


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The 11th Annual Brooke Jackman Race For Literacy


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Brooke Jackman Foundation 14th Annual Benefit

Brooke Jackman Foundation 14th Annual Benefit Gala BJFBenefit at the Mandarin Oriental, New York City on October 15, 2015 Brooke Jackman Foundation celebrated its 14th Annual Benefit on October 15, 2015 at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.

Click Here to See the 14th Annual Benefit e-Journal!

Click Here to See Photos from the Benefit!

Summer By Brooke

Summer By Brooke Brooke Jackman Foundation Reading Books, Recipes, Nutrition Tips

We launched the Summer By Brooke campaign in 2015 to bring parents and children top summer books, recipes and nutrition tips all season long! Check out more campaigns like Summer By Brooke by following us on our Facebook and Twitter!

The 10th Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy

The 10th Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy

Check out photos from the 2015 10th Annual Race For Literacy!

2014 BJF E Journal Cover

Click the image above to review this year’s Gala journal. Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters and donors.


The Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon is a free event for children of all ages that celebrates the positive, transformative power of literacy and commemorates more than a decade of instilling the love of reading into hundreds of children throughout New York. Special guests include New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, celebrated children’s author Stephanie Calmenson, Broadway stars, and more!


Congratulations to Overall Men’s Winner Nick Mavros and Overall Women’s Winner Pamela Hunt-Thomas!

To view the overall race results, click here.


Inspired by the tremendous outpouring of support and togetherness witnessed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, ABC What Help Means to Me reflects the significance and multitude of meanings behind the word “help.”

ABC What Help Means to Me is available for purchase online for $20. All proceeds will support BJF’s many programs that promote literacy among at-risk children and build their self-esteem through learning.

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On Thursday, October 24th, 2013, the Brooke Jackman Foundation hosted its 12th Annual Benefit Gala at the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle. There was a silent and live auctions and food tastings by NYC’s finest chefs from AsellinaBittersweet New York CityBrick Lane Curry HouseHospodaPreserve 24RadicchioStumptownSweet ChiliTBar Steak & LoungeTriBeca Grill and Zio.

To make a donation, click here.


On Saturday, September 7, the Brooke Jackman Foundation hosted the 4th Annual BJF Read-a-thon to help make the magic of literacy and the love of books a reality for disadvantaged children in New York. The Read-a-thon was held from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Tribeca in Manhattan.


To benefit children in need

The 10th Annual Health & Fitness Fair

Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce & Senator Carl L. Marcellino

5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:15 am

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Oyster Bay, NY

1/4 Mile Fun Run for Future Olympians (Free for Kids Ages 8 and Under)


All Entrants click here

Overall Results click here

Age Group click here

Age Graded click here

Awards click here

Race Video click here

For a copy of the race brochure click here.

To see this year’s race route, click here.


This holiday season, Barnes & Noble Tribeca is once again supporting the Brooke Jackman Foundation as the beneficiary of its upcoming Bookfair, December 7-9.

There are two ways to shop at Barnes & Noble during the Bookfair to benefit the Foundation:

Make your purchase at December 7-9 On payment page, scroll to the bottom and choose “Check this box if it is a Bookfair order” and use Bookfair code 10956068. (If signed in to your account you may need to click “Change” on the Payment section and then scroll to bottom.)

Shop at B&N Tribeca December 7-9 Bring our special voucher (Download), or just mention “Bookfair” at the register.

You can also support the Foundation through the B&N Tribeca Holiday Book Drive Now through Jan. 1, customers are encouraged to buy a book at B&N Tribeca and donate it to the Foundation. (You can also bring in books to donate.)

A Gift for A Gift, Halloween Costume & Decoration Sale

In honor of the 11th Anniversary of September 11th we ask all that are able to please make an additional $11 donation (ANY ADDITIONAL DONATIONS ACCEPTED WITH MUCH GRATITUDE)

ALL ITEMS $5.00 (With the exception of a few spectacular costumes/decorations)

OCTOBER 20th & 21st, 2012 SATURDAY 11 AM – 5 PM SUNDAY 10 AM – 5 PM

All proceeds are donated to The Brooke Jackman Foundation Promoting Literacy for children.

Sheridan Lane, Sea Cliff (OFF PROSPECT AVE.) (Please No Parking on Sheridan Ln. Please Park on Neighboring Streets) For questions contact Melisa @516-805-2895

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD With family and friends

Costumes make great party favors & party themes!

The Brooke Jackman 2012 Gala Save the date for 10-11-12

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Summer vacation season is here, but we’re definitely not taking any time off – the Brooke Jackman Foundation is currently in the midst of preparing for our biggest and best annual fundraising gala yet!

This year’s event will be held at the Mandarin Oriental on October 11, 2012. There will a tasting of delicious treats from some of our favorite restaurants around the city, a bevy of beverages to quench your thirst and an array of highly sought-after auction items to bid on.

Click here to buy your ticket, become a sponsor or buy an ad in our event journal.

Readathon to Support Children’s Literacy

For the third year, the Brooke Jackman Foundation will be inspiring families through literacy with its annual public Read-a-thon. This is a free event for all ages that celebrates the positive, transformative power of literacy. An array of guest readers will bring the words on the pages to life as New York area children, their families and the community gather for an afternoon of books and bonding.

The Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy Returned to Oyster Bay on Saturday, May 19

With each determined step, the runners in the 7th Annual Brooke Jackman Race for Literacy 5K Run/ Walk raised money to support literacy for at-risk children on Saturday, May 19 in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The 3.1-mile race, a USA Track & Field-certified course, ran along scenic roads of Oyster Bay, Mill Neck and Upper Brookville, and was professionally timed by Tri and Du It Multisport using the Mylaps Pro Chip Transponder timing system. For the past seven years, hundreds of runners have donned their sneakers to raise money for the Brooke Jackman Foundation, the non-profit organization created by the Oyster Bay-based Jackman family that promotes literacy for underserved children in the greater New York area. For results click here.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation Teamed up With NY Metro Parents for Books For Our School Program

Throughout March and April, all of the loyal supporters of the Brooke Jackman Foundation cast their votes to win thousands of books for their children’s schools in the “Books 4 Our School” challenge-and now the winners are finally in!

Long Island tops the list with six winning schools, while Queens garnered three winners and Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester and Connecticut each had two winning schools.  A full list of the 20 winning educational institutions of “Books 4 Our School” can be found below:

Lee F. Jackson School White Plains Westchester
Setauket Elementary School East Setauket Long Island
PS/MS 114 – Belle Harbor School Belle Harbor Queens
Easter Seals Project Explore Valhalla Westchester
Norwood Elementary School Port Jefferson Station Long Island
Wake-Eden Christian Academy Edenwald Bronx
Upper Nyack Elementary School Upper Nyack Rockland
PS 139 – The Rego Park School
Rego Park
PS 314 – Muscota New School Inwood Manhattan
PS 144Q Forest Hills Queens
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Regional School Bellmore Long Island
PS 84 – Jose DeDiego School Williamsburg Brooklyn
PS 15 – The Patrick Daly School Red Hook Brooklyn
Mrs. Bee’s Learn & Play, LLC Stamford Connecticut
PS 115Q Glen Oaks School Floral Park Long Island
PS 290 Manhattan New School Upper East Side Manhattan
A Child’s Garden Fairfield Connecticut
Thiells Elementary School Thiells
William O. Schaefer Elementary Tappan New York
Paul J. Bellew Elementary School
West Islip
Long Island
As more and more school systems throughout the metropolitan New York area are facing budget cuts, with the possibility of losing the vital educational resources that their students need to succeed, the Brooke Jackman Foundation teamed up with NYMetroParents to give area schools a solution that will stock school libraries with thousands of books, while encouraging parents to showcase their support for literacy.
Parents throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut realized they needed to take matters into their own hands and rallied to advocate for their children’s education.  Each of these 20 winning schools will receive 75-100 brand new books for their libraries!
To ensure that we can continue to provide engaging community initiatives and supplying much needed school supplies to our area’s underserved children, please consider donating to the Brooke Jackman Foundation today!

Barnes & Noble Book Drive – Tribeca (Manhattan)

Through January 1, 2012, books that were purchased or donated through this store were distributed directly to the children in our many Brooke Jackman Foundation literacy programs as holiday presents. These gifts were received by children in underserved communities in and around the New York area who have been victims of domestic violence, are living in homeless shelters or are a part of our other programs.

Winter Garden at the World Financial Center – December 9-11 When Santa checked his list to see who was nice last year, the Brooke Jackman Foundation was right on top! To help us celebrate the season, Santa read books to children and posed for photos, in the Winter Garden of the World Financial Center during a three-day celebration. From Friday, December 9, through Sunday, December 11, Santa brought his elves along for his annual stay at Santa’s Winter Garden, posing for photos with kids and listening to their Christmas wish lists.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation Tenth Annual Cocktail Reception and Auction

The Brooke Jackman Foundation organized its Tenth Annual Cocktail Reception and Auction on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at The New York Palace Hotel. The event included food tastings from well-known chefs and lively music. Amazing silent and live auctions took place, including bids for trips, jewelry, golf courses, sports and theatre tickets and fine dining, just to name a few. The evening also payed tribute to our founder Bob Jackman. In memory of his leadership and guiding force, the newly established Freedom Award was presented to a true leader, Daniel Keating, Chief Operating Officer of Samuel A. Ramirez & Co, Inc.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation’s 2011 Read-a-thon, Saturday, September 10, 2011

In commemoration of 9/11 and its own 10th anniversary, the Brooke Jackman Foundation held its second annual Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon – a Celebration of Literacy and Hope on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan. The free event was hosted by Arts World Financial Center (, and celebrated the positive, transformative power of literacy.

50 Days of Summer

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For 50 days (excluding weekends), The Brooke Jackman Foundation shared fun activities to keep children reading over the summer. The campaign encouraged children and parents to read and write in creative ways during a period of traditionally low reading rates.

Continuing to build your children’s literacy skills during this period is extremely important. Studies show that reading up to 6 books per summer maintains or improves children’s literacy skills, while children who read 0 books per summer can drop up to one grade level in reading skills.

Here are all 34 activities, many of which your reader can use year-round:

1. Practice writing skills with your children today! Help them write a letter to their favorite author.
2. Combine social time with reading time. Schedule a play-date between your child and friends so they can swap books!
3. Going on vacation this summer? Hit the local library with your kids and find books for them to read about where you’re going.
4. What’s your child’s favorite author? Make a list of his or her books and see how many your child can read this summer!
5. Combine nutrition and reading! Go to the library with your kids, pick a healthy cookbook, and make the tastiest dish you find!
6.  Take a walk with your children. Ask them to write descriptions of all the summertime things they see along the way
7. Go through a family photo album and ask your child to write a story to go along with the pictures.
8. Happy 4th of July! After today’s celebration, have your children make a list of adjectives to describe their day.
 9.  Enjoy the fresh air while learning, too! Pack lunch and books for a fun summertime picnic
10. Ask your children where their dream vacation would be. Then, go to the library and find books on it!
11. Find your child a pen pal! Whether it be a relative, friend, or yourself, letters are a fun way to build literacy skills.
12. Go to the zoo with your children. Afterwards, find books to read on their favorite animals.
13. Take your children food shopping. Pick out foods based on their favorite colors and have them write descriptions of the items.
14. Too hot? Stay indoors and have your child play these educational games by @PBSKIDS:
15. Help your children design their own stationery and have them write letters to a person of their choice!
16. Subscribe to a children’s magazine. It’s a great way to keep your child interested in reading
17. Have your child start a summer scrapbook. Fill it with pictures and stories collected from this summer’s adventures.
18. Teach your children pig latin! It is a fun and effective way to practice writing and spelling skills.
19. Hit the beach or lake to collect shells/rocks with your kids and find a nature book to read up on the treasures they’ve found.
20. Clear night? Star gaze with your children! Beforehand, find a book on constellations to help identify what you’re seeing
21. Have your children make a list of their favorite summertime fruits. Then, ask them to put the list in ABC order.
22. Prove that reading isn’t always so serious. Ask relatives what their favorite joke is and write a joke book with your kids!
23.  Have your kids write with friends today! Ask someone to start a story and pass it around for others to add to it.
24.  Pass time in the car by playing word games! Choose letters and ask your kids to find words for each letter on passing signs.
25. Wrap a book and give it to your child as a gift! A book that is a gift can stir up excitement about reading it.
26. Pick a bedtime story to read with your child tonight. Take turns reading each page for maximum reading engagement.
27. Get creative! Take an old shoebox and decorate a “book box” with your child. The box can hold your child’s favorite books.
28.  Visit the library with your kids and pick a book series. They’ll get hooked in no time! Suggestions:
29. Start a book club with your children and their friends. It will encourage reading, and allow the expression of opinions, too!
30. Have your child return the books they swapped with their friends. Facilitate a discussion on which books they liked best.
31. Make an ABC Book: Have your children pick an adjective starting with each letter of the alphabet to describe themselves!
32.  Pick out a fun poem to read with your children today. Then, act it out!
33. The school year is approaching fast! Ask your child to write their own school supplies list to practice literacy skills.
34. Our #50DaysOfSummer is almost finished. Review the summer reading chart from day 1 with your children and celebrate all they’ve accomplished!

Today marks Day 50 of our #50DaysOfSummer. Ask your child to write a list of the best things they did this summer to read aloud to relatives