A Heartfelt Thanks to All of You!

Turning the Tables: Living Within Natural Limits

Bestalina Martinez receives EcoLogic Innovation Award

At our annual benefit on October 23, Executive Director Barbara Vallarino (right) presented the EcoLogic Innovation Award to Bestalina Martínez, the Executive Director of MAMUCA, our partner in northern Honduras

For our 2014 annual benefit, EcoLogic hosted 80 guests at the historic Commander’s Mansion in Watertown last Thursday evening, October 23rd. The twin goals of the event, Turning the Tables: Living within Natural Limits, were to spark interesting discussions about environmental topics between our friends and supporters, and to raise $22,000 for our work in Mesoamerica. We are proud to have met and exceeded both of these goals—thanks to your help!

The charming Jordan Rich of WBZ Radio entertained the crowd as our MC for the evening, and our Board Chair Nick Shufro spoke about why EcoLogic’s projects in Central America and Mexico are important to the people of Boston and of the world.

Lauren Sullivan, Andrea Savage, and Patrick Barron at EcoLogic's 2014 benefit

Expert table hosts Lauren Sullivan of REVERB (left) and Professor Patrick Barron of UMass Boston (right) and EcoLogic’s Senior CarbonPlus Program Manager Andrea Savage (center) at Turning the Tables

Barbara Vallarino, EcoLogic’s Executive Director, presented Bestalina Martínez, president of EcoLogic’s Honduran partner the Municipalities of the Central Atlántida Department (MAMUCA), with EcoLogic’s Innovation Award, a $10,000 prize generously provided, in part, by the Kendeda Fund. Bestalina also joined the event as one of the evening’s 10 expert table facilitators, leading a conversation in Spanish on “Women Leading Innovative Conservation in Central America.”

“It was a shame I could only partake in a single topic,” said attendee Scott Hagerty, 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 “What’s New with the Rainforest?” to “Rising Tides of Climate Change in Boston” to “Development Based on Human Rights,” for guiding conversations so interesting that we wish we could have been part of them all!

Guests at Frances Moore Lappé's table

Guests enjoying dinner and a lively conversation about the food industry’s role in climate change with Frances More Lappé of the Small Planet Institute

“The event tonight was awesome, and I am glad to have taken part in an event that is all about helping others and making this a better environment, for not only us and our peers, but for our future as well. I don’t want to miss the next dinner!” said attendee Tihara O’Brien.

Dave Kramer and daughter Alana at the Turning the Tables event

Dave Kramer, EcoLogic’s Senior Manager for Impact, Learning, & Innovation, with his daughter Alana at the event

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, and may do some smaller ones in between. 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 with your friends and introduce them 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 Juliana Field at jfield@ecologic.org or 617-607-5142.

Thank you again to our 10 expert facilitators!

Vivien Li, Boston Harbor Association – Rising Tides of Climate Change in Boston
Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute – Food as Culprit and Cure in the Climate Crisis
Lauren Sullivan, REVERB – Greening Rock and Roll
Prof. Patrick Barron, UMass Boston – Poetry and Ecology
Dr. Joe Levine, Author and Educator – What’s New with Rainforests?
Jennifer Varekamp, Mass College of Art – Fashioning an Eco-Chic Future
Vilas Dhar, Next Mile Project- Development Based on Human Rights
Bestalina Martinez, MAMUCA – Women Leading Innovative Conservation in Central America
Wendy Holding, The Sustainability Group – Investing for Social Impact
Bud Ris, Former President & CEO, New England Aquarium – Can We Be Hopeful about Climate Change and the Oceans?

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Global Citizens – $5,000
The Sustainability Group

Table Sponsors – $1,000
Insource Services
Bill Green
Nick Shufro
Ray Grenier

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