Fourth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

News released on: 
Oct 23rd, 2014

Bikes Not Bombs' Fourth Annual Building Momentum Breakfast welcomed over 120 people on Wednesday October 22nd at the Cambridge Innovation Center in downtown Boston. Guests enjoyed delicious breakfast provided by Ula Cafe and Boston Brewin' while listening to inspirational stories from BNB staff, supporters and volunteers.

We are especially grateful that over 62% of guests were inspired to support Bikes Not Bombs' work by committing to multi-year gifts, including 4 donors who joined our “Wheels in Motion” team, a group of individuals pledging at least $1,000 per year for the next five years.  Two existing members of the Wheels in Motion team also increased and extended their pledges.  We are honored and excited to announce that in total, the Building Momentum Breakfast raised over $177,000 for the next 5 years in support of our youth and international programs which will allow us to reliably plan for the future and deepen our impact. The generosity of all in attendance was especially moving and symbolize the strength of our grassroots community that provides over 70% of Bikes Not Bombs' financial support.

At the Breakfast guests heard from Bikes Not Bombs Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, emcee and Board Member SJ Brooks, Youth Employee Joey Santana and long-time supporter Sue Edwards. Joey shared his experiences at BNB saying “This is how bicycles bring about change, whether in a community or an individual.”

We debuted an 8-minute video, produced by Shop Mechanic Derek McIntire & International Programs Coordinator David Branigan, providing a glimpse into what our programs look like everyday. The video featured interviews with BNB co-founder, Mira Brown, who shared BNB's principles: “to have a truly peaceful world you have to have environmental sustainability, and in order to have environmental sustainability, you have to have social justice.”

We are so grateful to our planning committee and everyone who helped make this event a success. Thank you to Ula Cafe for catering, Boston Brewin for the coffee, VerTerra for the biodegradable serving ware and Cambridge Innovation Center for the space. An amazing film by Derek McIntire, David Branigan, Northern Light Productions and Bob Nesson and event photos by Will Daniels all contributed to the success of the breakfast. Special thanks to Table Captains who invited guests - Bob Nesson, Sue Edwards, Amelie Ratliff, Peter Yao, Bob Dizon, Roberto Melendez, Michelle Gurel, Jamie Weller, David Nierenberg, Eric Mearns, Neil Leifer, and Caitlin Corneliess. And last but far from least, thank you to everyone who joined us.

If you would like more information on the Building Momentum Breakfast, would like to join the “Wheels in Motion” team or would like to help plan the 2015 Breakfast, please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at 617-522-0222 x 106 or erica@bikesnotbombs.org.

More photos available.

Video by Derek McIntire & David Branigan