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2016 BSA Foundation Breakfast: Community-Driven Design

Thank you to everyone who attended the BSA Foundation’s annual fundraising breakfast on Tuesday, December 6. Held once again at the Harleston Parker Medal-winning MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, nearly 300 attendees gathered to celebrate the power of design and its potential to elevate everyone’s quality of life.

More than $100,000 was raised at the breakfast, with additional donations coming in.

In his opening remarks, Foundation volunteer David Silverman AIA (Silverman Trykowski Associates) said: "... The theme of our breakfast is “Community-Driven Design” because we know that excellent design happens when people in communities are engaged in the design process from the earliest stage."

Incoming Foundation chair Laura Wernick FAIA (HMFH Architects) later said, “The BSA Foundation is moving forward with a renewed commitment and energy dedicated to building a Better, more equitable Boston…The BSA Foundation has the ability to put enormous resources into place to facilitate change, and actually take responsibility for the future of the city. THIS is REALLY exciting. This is worth supporting.”

Attendees also heard from:

Foundation Executive Director, Eric White, who called on attendees to “… help by introducing this work to your friends, family, and business networks and by directly supporting [Foundation] initiatives with a new or increased financial investment. With the Foundation’s focus on engaging and inspiring appreciation for the power of design, the BSA’s focus on convening the great intellectual resources of the profession, and your involvement, we can make Greater Boston even greater for everyone’s tomorrow."

Chris Marchi, East Boston resident and community activist, spoke about “…the [BSA Foundation’s] vital work to ensure the city we build will work for the people who use it, that this city works justly and effectively to solve the problems of its residents."

Foundation volunteer, Jeanne Lukenda ASLA (Gregory Lombardi Design), who applauds the Foundation’s holistic view of community that acknowledges, represents, and embraces each of us, asked attendees to make a financial investment in the BSA Foundation’s work. “You know this is critical. You know the need has never been more urgent than it is now.”

Thank you again to everyone who answered the call. 

All contributions help to support the Foundation's vision to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change. The Foundation Trustees thank everyone who participated in making the fundraising event a success, particularly the table hosts who invited scores among their networks and the volunteers who come together throughout the year to create programming that uses the power of design to improve the quality of life for individuals, strengthen communities, and enhance city systems. 

The Foundation is grateful for its event sponsors, including MIT School of Architecture + Planning, BG Events & Catering, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

Learn more about the BSA Foundation by coming to a Meet the BSA Foundation program. These are one-hour, small group presentations and offer a chance to network with Foundation leaders and volunteers. Find upcoming Meet the Foundation dates. Can't make it to BSA Space? We're happy to take our tours "on the road," so you can introduce the Foundation to your entire network over lunch at your place—or drinks in the afternoon! 

Watch the BSA Foundation breakfast video:

Photos from the event below, view more on Flickr and Facebook:

Images courtesy of Paige McWhorter.

Thank you to the 2016 event sponsors: