Bikes Not Bombs’ second annual Building Momentum Breakfast a success!

News released on: 
Nov 6th, 2012

Almost 80 people attended Bikes Not Bombs’ second annual Building Momentum Breakfast on Wednesday, October 24 at Space with a Soul Loft on Summer Street in downtown Boston.   Guests enjoyed a delicious breakfast donated by our friends at Ula Café and Barrington Coffee and heard from Bikes Not Bombs leaders, such as Neil Leifer, a devoted volunteer and donor, our own Elijah Evans (Director of Youth Programs) who emceed the event, and Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan. Guests also heard inspiring stories from individuals who have been impacted by our work, such as BNB youth employee and Program Associate for Chain Reaction, Stephane Alexandre.  Stephane shared, “I have just a few months left at Bikes Not Bombs before I leave for college and I am speechless at how far I have come. When I walked in that first day I was a long way from home, not my house in Mattapan, but Haiti, where I was born and lived for a decade. As I stand here today, I know I have another real home, and that is Bikes Not Bombs. In this home I have proven to the world and to myself that girls can do mechanics. I am involved in sustainability issues and I actually know concrete ways to make change happen. In this home I have rallied for youth employment, transit justice, and peace. I have helped ship bikes to Ghana, and even donated my own bike to a shipment to the Caribbean. In this home I have inspired my peers and those around me to use bikes for good.”

Matthew Rosen (right), BNB Board Member, was a table captain to invite friends to the breakfast.
While there was no obligation for guests to make a financial contribution, most of those in attendance were inspired to support BNB’s work using donated bicycles as a tool for self-empowerment and community transformation. Two individuals joined our “Wheels in Motion Team”  - now 15 members strong - by pledging at least $1,000 per year for the next five years. We are incredibly pleased and honored to report that in total, the 2012 Building Momentum Breakfast raised over $60,000 in gifts and multi-year pledges.
 
We are deeply grateful to our event sponsors Ula Café and Barrington Coffee, the Building Momentum Breakfast planning team, Sarah Gay the producer of our amazing new video, volunteers Lynn Pray and Laura Biren, and all the BNB staff members and volunteers who helped make this event a success. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and a special thanks to the fourteen incredible individuals who stepped up as Table Captains and invited their friends, family, and colleagues to join us. Our 2012 Table Captains were: David Wean, Susan Redlich, Stan Chen, Robert Thomas, David Wilcox, Lee Archung, Matthew Rosen, Neil Leifer, Jerry Steimel, Joshua Kraft, Scott Minkin, Scott Harper, Irina Rasputnis, and Nathan Phipps.
 
If you would like more information about the Building Momentum Breakfast or become part of the “Wheels in Motion Team” please contact Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, Executive Director, at 617-522-0222 x105 or jodi@bikesnotbombs.org.