This has been a really exciting week for GLOW – with every day our momentum grows exponentially.
On Wednesday, the GLOW team split up to attend two great events:
The first was a fundraiser for the Greater Boston Food Bank hosted by The Boston Society of Young Philanthropists (BSYP) at Cafeteria. It was a great opportunity to spread the word about GLOW to other people in the Boston nonprofit world and to learn more about what the Greater Boston Food Bank is doing to provide for those in need across the city. We were amazed to learn that $50 worth of donations creates 125 meals for distribution – pretty compelling reason to donate if you ask us! Kudos to the BSYP for a great event!While part of our team was in Back Bay, the other half was in Fort Point at Nonprofit Careers and Beers, hosted by JVS, Catholic Charities of Boston, and Space with a Soul. The event highlighted professional opportunities in the nonprofit sector with representation from over twenty organizations. Another great networking opportunity – we love getting the word out about GLOW!
On Thursday, we hosted a screening of Miss Representation screening at the YWCA. The film, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, explores the media’s misrepresentation of women and the consequential “underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.” 64 guests attended the screening, most of them new to GLOW, and many expressed interest in becoming involved.
By Friday, we received some VERY exciting news to share with respect to our second annual IGNITE the NITE fundraiser. We confirmed partnership with Artists for Humanity, an organization based in Boston’s Fort Point, which has been broadly recognized on a national scale for their work with youth. We will be working with the AFH team in coming weeks to promote the IGNITE Change Essay Contest to their female students and to get them involved in our programs.
For twenty years, AFH has been working with Boston teens to fulfill an unchanging mission: to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing underserved youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. Their intensive programs seek to empower teens with enterprise and creativity – their small group system partners youth, mentors and professional artists to design, create and sell art products. Last year, AFH earned $800,000 in sales.
“The AFH model has received national recognition and has been studied extensively as an exemplar of effective mentorship, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship. Their model has been disseminated internationally to organizations that utilize their framework of respect, relationships, and responsibility to empower young people in their communities.”
We are huge fans of everything AFH does for youth in Boston and we are immensely proud to call them a partner.
In addition to our programming collaboration, AFH has agreed to host our IGNITE the NITE fundraiser at the EpiCenter, their state-of-the-art headquarters, which has been named one of the “Top Ten Green Buildings” in the country, and one of the “5 Most Beautiful Buildings in Boston.” The 23,500-square-feet, four-story space, which is Platinum LEED Certified, serves as a backdrop for AFH’s young artists while they work and in the evening, a venue for fine events.
The space is one of the most unique we’ve ever seen – every detail was conceived with a combination of creativity and concern for the environment. The mezzanine was formed out of automobile windshields, the building warms itself with natural light from the abundant windows, the roof collects storm water into a 1,500 gallon tank… The list goes on. What we love most is that it houses potentially the largest collection of youth-created art in the nation.
Now that we have such a spectacular space for our event, we need to fill it… Thankfully, just as we confirmed the venue, a volunteer emerged with an offer to help! New England Country Rentals was founded last year by newlyweds whose exasperating search for eclectic furniture for their wedding led them to a fast-growing business. NECR specializes in renting custom-made tables, chairs, benches and unique rustic elements that reflect the spirit of New England. After just a year in business, their work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and they have been rated #1 by Boston.com.
Despite the rapid growth of their business and an impending showroom expansion, owners Kelly and Matej Ucen have offered to donate some of their beautiful pieces to help us achieve the right look. Read more about their story here.
It’s so uplifting to add more and more volunteers and sponsors to our list – it gives us the energy to keep working hard and dreaming big. We are already hard at work crating inspiration boards for the overall design of the event and are so excited to bring all of our visions to life in less than two months…
If you haven’t already, mark your calendars: January 12, 2012. IGNITE is going to be epic this year, and we want you to be there!