Silent Spring Institute's annual Gala Celebration, October 18th

October 18, 2018, 06:00pm to 09:00pm

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 $400,000, including a $100,000 matching gift for donations made that evening.

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Event details:

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time:  6:00 pm
Location:  Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Blvd., Cambridge MA
Tickets:  $300 per person; $150 student

Featuring a dynamic conversation moderated by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, co-hosts of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio. Jim and Margery will host a lively and engaging conversation illuminating Silent Spring’s “Pathway to Prevention”—the Institute’s innovative strategy for preventing disease by limiting our exposure to harmful chemicals where we live, work, and play.

Featured Moderators

Jim Braude

Jim Braude hosts Greater Boston on WGBH Channel 2. Prior to that, he anchored Broadside at NECN, winning Emmy awards for both. After 13 years at WTKK, Braude moved to 89.7 WGBH in 2013 to co-host Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan. During law school, Braude ran a retail business in Provincetown (HUBE - Help Us Break Even!). He was a legal services lawyer in the South Bronx handling housing and prisoners’ rights cases. He was the founder of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW), a union representing staff in law offices for the poor in 35 states. NOLSW helped lead the fight to preserve the national program when President Reagan proposed its abolition.

Braude served as head of the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts, leading many ballot campaigns. He published Otherwise, a magazine on American politics, and then served as a Cambridge City Councilor. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and NYU School of Law.

Margery Eagan

Margery Eagan co-hosts Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude on 89.7 WGBH. She writes a weekly column for The Boston Globe and previously wrote the Catholic Spirituality Column for Crux, the Globe’s website on Catholicism. In 2015 and 2016 Eagan received national awards from the Religious Newswriters Association for the best American commentary on religion. Eagan previously wrote a column for The Boston Herald and co-hosted a talk show on WTKK. She has also written for Boston Magazine. She began her newspaper career at her hometown paper, The Fall River Herald News and has also worked for The Standard-Times in New Bedford and The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press.

Eagan grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and graduated from Stanford University. She has three children and lives in Brookline. 

Expert Panelists

Ruthann Rudel, M.S., Silent Spring Institute

As Director of Research and senior scientist, Rudel leads the Institute’s chemical exposure and toxicology research programs, focusing on endocrine disrupting chemicals and the mechanisms by which chemicals in our everyday environment increase breast cancer risk.



Tamarra James-Todd, MPH, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

James-Todd is the Mark and Catherine Winkler Assistant Professor of Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. Her research centers on environmental health and reproductive epidemiology, with a focus on women's health and health disparities.




Lisa Goodwin Robbins, RA CCS LEED, Kalin Associates

Goodwin Robbins is a registered architect, with a focus on sustainable design and building technology. She works to educate other architects and designers on how and why to avoid toxic chemicals in our built environment.



                                                                 Thank you to our generous sponsors:








                                                                                  Host Committee:

Helen Drinan+
Host Committee Chair

Lawrence Bailis* & Susan Shevitz
Jill & Michael Balmuth
Cynthia Barakatt*  & Richard Bizzozzero
Joan & Steve Belkin
Julia & Dan Brody
Ellen+ & Richard Calmas
Judith Chasin+
Nancy Drourr
John* & Lisa Erban
Kathie Florsheim+
Cheri Fox
Carolyn Fine Friedman+ & Jeremiah Friedman
Joan Gardner
Nancy Gertz+
Bruce & Rechelle Gordon
Jen* & Frank Gorke
Nancy Hopkins+ & Dinny Adams, Jr.
Amy+ & Joel Janovsky
Virginia Jordan
Margaret Kripke*
Elsie Levin
Jackie+ & Harvey Liebergott
Jeanne Mockard*
Cathie Ragovin* & Derek Polonsky
Mary Ann Rodrigue
Marilyn+ & Jay Sarles
Rachel Sarvey & Catie Curtis
Cindy Shulak-Rome*+ & Dan Rome
Linda+ & Harold Schwartz
Patti Stoll*+ & Michael Gladstone
Deanna & Sidney Wolk
Joyce Zakim

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