Gala Celebration

October 26, 2017, 06:00pm

Gala Celebration Save the Date

From all of us at Silent Spring Institute, we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all our friends and supporters for making this year’s gala celebration a tremendous success. Thanks to your generosity, the event raised over $300,000, including a $50,000 matching gift for donations made that evening.

Here is the link to our Gala photo gallery.

Watch our new video, “Silent Spring: Be a Leader.”

Watch keynote speaker Gina McCarthy speak at the Gala.

If you haven't yet made a gala donation, you still can! Donate today and support breast cancer prevention research.

Event details:

Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time:  6:00 pm
Location:  Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge MA
Tickets:  $300 per person; $150 under-30

Guest Speaker Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A career public servant in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Gina McCarthy served as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2013 to 2017 and has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the environment for more than thirty years. As the head of EPA under President Obama, she led historic progress to achieve the administration’s public health and environmental protection goals and Climate Action Plan. During her tenure, EPA initiatives cut air pollution, protected water resources, reduced greenhouse gases and strengthened chemical safety to better protect more Americans, especially the most vulnerable, from negative health impacts.

Internationally, McCarthy worked with the UN and WHO on a variety of efforts and represented the U.S. on global initiatives to reduce high risk sources of pollution. Known for her pragmatic approaches and disarming, plain-speaking style, McCarthy has earned the respect of the environmental, public health and business communities with her thorough understanding of all sides of climate, air quality, chemical safety, environmental justice and health equity, and water, land and natural resource protection and restoration discussions.

Gina McCarthy is currently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and as a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, emphasizing her career-long position that public health and the environment are critically interconnected.

Honoring Nancy Drourr with the Rachel Carson Advocacy Award

Nancy Sobin Drourr has dedicated her entire adult life to connecting with and investing in future generations. For 43 years, Nancy worked as the Development Director at Brimmer and May, a private K-12 school in Newton, MA – engaging with youth, parents and alumnae/i, encouraging the values of giving back and taking collective responsibility for the world around us.

After learning about the work at Silent Spring Institute to study toxic chemicals in our environment, Nancy helped lead the effort at Brimmer and May to educate both administrators and students to make simple, practical changes in school policies and procedures regarding chemical safety.

Following her retirement in 2014, Nancy continued assisting organizations dedicated to intergenerational education and connection.  In addition to the significant fundraising that Nancy has done to forward missions of empowering generations, she has also taught ethics classes to seniors and facilitated programs based on the “Facing History and Ourselves” curriculum, including the Holocaust and other atrocities. 

As a breast cancer survivor, Nancy feels adamantly that it is this generation’s responsibility to stop the disease, and believes that the work of Silent Spring Institute is critical to achieving that goal.


Thank you to those who have sponsored the Gala to date:


Mollye Block
Event Co-Chair

Susan & Norman Posner
Event Co-Chairs

Lawrence Bailis* & Susan Shevitz
Jill & Michael Balmuth
Cynthia Barakatt* & Richard Bizzozzero
Joan & Steve Belkin
Joan Feinberg Berns
Chester & Diane Black
Betty Ann Blum
Julia & Dan Brody
Ellen* & Richard Calmas
Donna Capin
Judith Chasin+
Olivia Cheng+
Katie Conboy
Robert Lloyd Corkin Charitable Fund
Cathy & Harvey Cotton
Nancy & Donald Drourr
Sarah Dunagan+
Jack* & Lisa Erban
Ellen & Stephen Fine
Carolyn Fine Friedman+
Gill Fishman
Kathie Florsheim+
Joan Gardner
Nancy Gertz+
Bruce & Rechelle Gordon
Jen* & Frank Gorke
Nancy Hopkins+
Polly Hoppin & Bob Thomas
Amy & Joel Janovsky
George & Marjorie Kaplan
Lynn and William Kargman
Lisa Kautz
Ellen & Ernest Kornmehl
Ronni Sachs Kotler+
Margaret Kripke*
Sandy & Donald Kurson
Ellen Lane
Elsie Levin
Jackie+ & Harvey Liebergott
Jill Marshall & Frank Berson
Carla Meyer and Vin Ryan
Jeanne Mockard*
Sue & Joe Paresky
Regina Pisa+
Robin and Bruce Polishook
Cathie Ragovin* & Derek Polonsky
Anne & Eric Reenstierna
Mary Ann Rodrigue
Janice Corkin Rudolf & John Emery
Marilyn and Jay Sarles
Linda+ & Harold Schwartz
Patti Stoll* & Michael Gladstone
Ann Marie & William Teuber

* Silent Spring Institute Board of Directors
+ Silent Spring Institute Leadership Council