A Heartfelt Thanks to All of You!

Eight of ten expert facilitators

Eight of our ten expert facilitators at our annual benefit on October 1. Top row from left: Craig Altemose, Nish Acharya, Ray Brown, Daniel Moss, Peter Shelley. Bottom row from left: Heather Goldstone, Julie Wormser, Rebecca Adamson, EcoLogic Executive Director Barbara Vallarino, Frances Moore Lappé. (Photo: Raj Das)

On October 1, EcoLogic hosted 80 guests at the historic Commander’s Mansion in Watertown for our annual fall benefit, titled Turning the Tables: Nurturing Resilience. The goals of the event were to spark interesting discussions about environmental topics between our friends and supporters, and to raise $25,000 for our work in Mesoamerica. We are proud to have met and exceeded both of these goals—thanks to your help!

The charming Ray Brown of WGBH’s “Talkin’ Birds” entertained the crowd as our MC for the evening, and EcoLogic Board Member Mark Spranca spoke about why EcoLogic’s projects in Central America and Mexico are important to the people of Boston and of the world.

“I most admire the efforts ecologic makes, as an international NGO to empower and work alongside people at the local/community level.” – Stella Jordan

Facilitators conversing before dinner

Facilitators Frances Moore Lappé and Bob Massie conversing before dinner. (Photo: Raj Das)

“The conversation was really well-led and we got to a wide range of subjects,” said attendee Jim Beereport. “We could’ve talked for three hours,” said Chris Patterson, echoing a feeling shared by many.

We want to offer our deepest gratitude to our ten expert table facilitators, who led discussions on topics ranging from “Preparing Boston for Higher Sea Levels” to “What does a Climate Justice Movement Look Like?” to “Enoughness: Restoring Balance to the Economy.” These motivating facilitators led conversations that none of us wanted to end!

Austin Blackmon

Austin Blackmon, Boston Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, addresses the reception to give a summary of the topic he facilitated: “Engaging all Bostonians in Meeting Climate and Sustainability Goals.” (Photo: Raj Das)

Many of our guests were left with one question: “When is the next dinner?” By popular demand, we’ll reprise the Jeffersonian dinner for our next annual benefit in the fall. We hope you will join us!

Would you like to host your own memorable evening? Let us know if you would like a Jeffersonian dinner at your home to introduce your friends to EcoLogic. We can provide the table facilitators and organize an event on an environmental topic of interest to you. If you’re interested, contact Alexa Piacenza at apiacenza@ecologic.org or 617-607-5143.

Thank you again to our ten expert facilitators!
Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute: Eating with the Earth: Digging into the Climate Crisis
Rebecca Adamson, First Peoples Worldwide: Enoughness: Restoring Balance to the Economy
Craig Altemose, Better Future Project: What does a Climate Justice Movement Look Like?
Peter Shelley, Conservation Law Foundation: Marine Protected Areas: Healthy Oceans 101
Nish Acharya, Citizence: Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems
Heather Goldstone, WGBH and WCAI: Human Impact: Potential for Reversing the Negative
Julie Wormser, Boston Harbor Association: Living with Water: Preparing Boston for Higher Sea Levels
Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston: Greenovate Boston: Engaging all Bostonians in Meeting Climate and Sustainability Goals
Bob Massie, Former President, New Economy Coalition: The Future of Our Economy: Critical Steps Toward Sustainability
Daniel Moss, Coordinator, Our Water Commons: Healthy Drinking Water, Healthy Ecosystems

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Global Citizens – $5,000
Bolton Global

Silent Auction Sponsor – $2,000
Maura O’Donnell

Table Sponsors – $1,000
Insource Services
Bill Green
Nick Shufro
The Bay and Paul Foundations

Additional Sponsorship – $500
Eastern Bank

In-Kind Sponsors
AlphaGraphics Worcester
Classic Communications
Samuel Adams Brewery
Toppers Rhum

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