The Boston Foundation Caps Its Centennial Year with a 100th Anniversary Dinner and Gala

Gala program cover The Boston Foundation capped a remarkable Centennial year with a 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Westin Copley Place Boston on December 2, 2015.

Thanks to hundreds of generous donors and sponsors, the event attracted more than 1,000 people and raised $1 million to benefit the Permanent Fund for Boston, the Foundation’s endowment, and community grant making.
The program featured a performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus, a video titled A Day in the Life of Boston on its current work and another video, Keep the Fire Burning, on its history—as well as tributes from the following sponsors and speakers:

  • Gala Co-Chairs Reverend Ray Hammond, Sandra Edgerley and Robert Beal
  • The Gala’s Master of Ceremonies Gerald Chertavian, Founder and CEO of Year Up
  • The “Founding Sponsors” of the Gala, all representatives of former trustee banks of the Foundation: Joanne Jaxtimer, BNY Mellon; Kerry Sullivan, Bank of America; and Alison Quirk, State Street—all of whom presented the Foundation with three “birthday cakes”
  • A toast led by Richard B. DeWolfe, Chairman of the Board of Manulife/John Hancock
  • Video tributes from Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh
  • A report on Centennial donors from Michael Keating, Chair of  the Boston Foundation’s Board of Directors, and event co-host Sandra Edgerley on generous donors  who made outright and legacy gifts to the Permanent Fund for Boston this year
  • Remarks from Paul S. Grogan, Boston Foundation President & CEO

A special part of the program included representatives of nonprofits for which the Boston Foundation was “there at the beginning,” with critical early funding told their stories of impact.  Video clips of each representative's testimonials are below.

  • Gerald Chertavian, Year Up
  • Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, Boston TenPoint Coalition
  • Jon Abbott, WGBH
  • Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, IBA
  • Jim Hunt, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
  • Catherine D’Amato, The Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Hubie Jones on behalf of City Year
  • Steve Maler, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
  • Marie St. Fleur, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children
  • Monalisa Smith, Mothers for Justice and Equality

Video clips and slide shows from the Gala are below: 

Introductions, the Three Founding Banks, a Toast to 100 Years, a Video Message from Governor Baker, a Video Message from Mayor Walsh and the Invocation


The Boston Children's Chorus



Remarks of President & CEO Paul Grogan

There at the Beginning Testimonials

Year Up and the TenPoint Coalition



Greater Boston Food Bank

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

City Year

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children

Mothers for Justice and Equality

Closing Remarks from Michael Keating, Chair of the Board of Directors
Sandra Edgerley, Director and Gala Co-Chair
Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO


Centennial Dinner Gala Slide Shows

Also check out Bill Brett's photos of the Centennial Gala.