FOUNDATION FOR LETTERS CEO MIKE JACKSON .
HONORED AT BENEFIT FEATURING ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Bronx Letters Co-Founder Mike Jackson was presented with FFL’s Distinguished Service Award on February 26th. Special guest hosts included chef, author and television personality Anthony Bourdain and author, The Daily Beast editor and CNN political commentator John Avlon. Cocktails were mixed by Jim Meehan of PDT, while a Chefs’ tasting featured Briskettown, Babycakes, Calliope, Chez Sardine, Del Posto, Momofuku Milk Bar, Toloache This year’s Spirit of the Raven Award recipient, Mike Jackson, was celebrated for his vision as well as for his tireless commitment to affording students the essential opportunities that will set them on a track to college and beyond. As the founding chair of the External Support Organization of the Bronx Academy of Letters, and founder of the Foundation for Letters, Mike has spearheaded a grassroots effort that has raised over $4 million to support urban education in under-served communities.
In September of 2003, Mike Jackson, Joan Sullivan, and Will Georgantas saw their dream come alive when they welcomed Bronx Letters’ inaugural freshman class of 75 students to a new school located in the South Bronx, the poorest congressional district in the nation.