Seventh Annual Building Momentum Breakfast

News released on: 
Oct 26th, 2017

Building Momentum Breakfast Emcee Jon McCurdy, Top Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser since 2005Executive Director Elijah Evans speaks at the Building Momentum BreakfastIris Lapaix, Earn-A-Bike Instructor shares her BNB experience at the Building Momentum BreakfastGuest pledging at the Building Momentum BreakfastBoard Member Patrick Cutrona, longtime supporter Gwyndaf Jones and guest at the Building Momentum BreakfastBicimaquina Brew Coffee served at the Building Momentum Breakfast, bag proceeds to benefit BNBBoard Member RJ Cross giving his guest a tea light candle holder made by BNB volunteersOn a very rainy, warm Wednesday, October 25th, Bikes Not Bombs welcomed more than 70 people to our Seventh Annual Building Momentum Breakfast at the NonProfit Center in downtown Boston. We enjoyed a delicious variety of pastries, fruit & granola donated by our neighbors Ula Café and New Harvest Coffee Roasters who debuted our Bicimáquina Brew, from coffee beans produced at a farm just 20 kilometers away from our International Partner, Bici-Tec in Guatemala.

Our Emcee was none other than Jonathan McCurdy, our Top Bike-A-Thon Fundraiser for the past twelve years. Jon got our event rolling by telling a story about his first bike, a white steel frame banana seat bike cobbled together from junk bikes parts by his older brothers. He shared, "what keeps bringing me back to Bikes Not Bombs are the great people that the organization attracts. Staff, volunteers, and program participants all rally around the mission and guiding principles to create an inclusive, welcoming environment that empowers and gives voice to everyone equally. BNB has returned to me exponentially more than I have given.  It has always welcomed me with smiles, hugs, and acceptance."

Next, Elijah Evans, our Executive Director, spoke passionately about his fourteen year journey at BNB. First as an Earn-A-Bike participant, and later as the flagship Youth Programs Manager, Elijah said Bikes Not Bombs is "where I gained a passion for empowering people socially and economically, especially those who have been historically disadvantaged and disenfranchised.  I came to deeply understand and appreciate the power of bicycles to enhance and transform the lives of individuals and communities." Elijah shared his ideas for how we can and must do more to "create opportunities for people to discover their inherent strength, power, and dignity."

Elijah introduced a short video about BNB which blended some of our favorite highlights over the years with a vision of what is to come.

 

 

Earn-A-Bike Instructor, Iris Lapaix, a Girls in Action Alumna and former Youth Employee, gave a moving account of the effect BNB has had on her: "Most of all, the Girls Only Earn-A-Bike gave me a sense of independence and confidence. Putting the tools in my own hands with the guidance of youth leaders that I could relate to, learn from and emulate." Iris explained why she reconnected with BNB this year as a volunteer: "The illustrious Maya Angelou once said, 'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' I re-engaged with Bikes-Not-Bombs because I forgot what was said but also because I never truly forgot how the experience made me feel. To be more specific, I will never forget the intentional cultivation of trust and vulnerability to be present."

Bob Thomas spoke from the heart about being a longtime supporter of Bikes Not Bombs. He encouraged guests to join our Wheels in Motion team, a group of individuals pledging at least $1,000 per year for the next five years, just as he and his wife Polly did during our first Annual Building Momentum Breakfast.
 
Over half of the guests supported Bikes Not Bombs at the conclusion of the breakfast, many of whom committed to multi-year gifts which greatly help with long-term strategic planning for our programs.  Two donors joined our Wheels in Motion team, and two existing members of the Wheels in Motion team increased and extended their pledges significantly.
 
We are excited to announce that in total, the Building Momentum Breakfast raised over $45,000 in new pledges alone for the next five years in support of our youth, international and shop programs.  The generosity of the guests speaks to the committment of our grassroots community who provide the majority of Bikes Not Bombs' financial support.
 

We need to give thanks to everyone who helped with this event. Deep appreciation to our development event planning team, led by consultant Annie Latham, also a Bike-A-Thon rider. A huge thanks to our sponsors Ula Café for a delicious and generous breakfast spread, and to New Harvest Coffee Roasters for debuting and donating our Bicimáquina Brew. Photographer Will Daniels once again captured wonderful images of our guests, speakers and staff members enjoying the breakfast, and Peter Cheung edited our video seamlessly. Special thanks to our Table Captains who invited guests, including Aliesha Porcena, Jamie Weller, Janie Harari, Manizha Baraki, Patrick Cutrona, RJ Cross, Susan Redlich, Tom Innis, and BNB's Board of Directors. And last but far from least, thank you to everyone who joined us.

If you missed the Building Momentum Breakfast this year, you can still join our Wheels in Motion team by contacting Angela Phinney, Director of Development, at 617.522.022 x108, angela@bikesnotbombs.org, or by pledging online. If you have additional questions about the Breakfast, or Bikes Not Bombs, or would like to help plan our 2018 Breakfast, please contact us.