Third Annual Building Momentum Breakfast A Huge Success

News released on: 
Oct 25th, 2013

Bikes Not Bombs is proud to announce that our third annual Building Momentum Breakfast, held on Wednesday, October 23rd, was a huge success. Over 75 guests attended the event including long-time community members and new supporters who were just learning about our work for the first time. The event was held at Space with a Soul in the Fort Point Channel district of Boston. Guests enjoyed yogurt, granola, and fresh baked goods generously provided by our friends at Ula Cafe – all while listening to inspirational stories about our programs.

 
Photo By: Mona Miri
We are especially humbled and honored that over 65% of those in attendance were inspired by the program and committed to making multi-year gifts. Five individuals joined our “Wheels in Motion Team”  - now 20 members strong - by pledging at least $1,000 per year for the next five years. In total, we raised over $100,000 in five-year pledges and $20,000 in gifts that day. Each and every contribution—regardless of the amount—helped us reach this total and we're so appreciative of everyone who donated. That’s what Bikes Not Bombs has been built on since 1984—groups of people coming together to support something they truly believe in. The Building Momentum Breakfast is critical in securing a sustainable and dependable funding stream that allow us to plan for the future and deepen our impact.
 
The program began with Steve Murphy, a long-time volunteer, welcoming guests and sharing his story about biking across the country and raising funds for BNB. Board of Directors member SJ Brooks  then took over as the emcee and kept the audience laughing with his quips, and was followed by our Executive Director, Jodi Sugerman-Brozan, sharing BNB's vision for the future. We released a superb six-minute video by Gregory Maxim Burdett, which brought the energy from BNB's Hub directly to Space with a Soul. The highlight of the event was the speech given by 18-year-old high school senior Abdul Hussein, BNB's Chain Reaction Coordinator. "Throughout my time at BNB I've talked to a lot of young people, from all sorts of communities, " he explained. "I grew up in a community where poverty is a factor. I understand what the problems are and I can talk to people who are dealing with that on the same level. I want to talk to people, let them express themselves, and let them know that someone does care about them. I want to make them feel like they are worthy. This comes from my experience of coming to BNB and having people care about me.” He was greeted with a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.
 
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this event a success. To Ula Cafe for generously catering the event, Barrington Coffee for providing coffee, Theo Chocolate for the delicious chocolate bars everyone took home, Space with a Soul for the event space, and Be Our Guest for the tables and chairs. We're also grateful to the Planning Committee, Gregory Maxim Burdett for the film, and Mona Miri for taking photos. Finally, a huge thanks everyone who invited guests: Allie Hunter, Amy Battisti, Irina Rasputnis, Bob Dizon, Bob Thomas, David Godkin, David Wilcox, Jakari Griffith, Lee Archung, Nick Mashburn, Scott Rosenthal, and Stewart Lanier. And last but not least, thanks to everyone who attended. 
 
If you would like more information about the Building Momentum Breakfast, would like help plan the 2014 Breakfast, or would like to become part of the “Wheels in Motion Team” please contact Erica Rotman, Director of Fundraising & Events, at 617-522-0222 x106 or erica@bikesnotbombs.org.