Boston Leadership Council (BLC)

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Leban-Aid! A Night of Virtual Jeopardy

September 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm EST

After a devastating explosion in Beirut, children in Lebanon are more vulnerable than ever. Home to nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees, Lebanon is already experiencing a severe economic crisis. The country’s weak healthcare system and current political crisis have left families with no means to protect themselves against a pandemic. Save the Children’s team stand ready to support relief efforts wherever possible. Your urgent support is needed today.

For more information about the Boston Leadership Council (BLC) contact:

Tasneem Ghogawala | BLC Chair
Tasneem@BLCSave.org | 203.249.6765

Christine Samuel | Senior Director, Individual Philanthropy
CSamuel@savechildren.org | 475.999.3230

About Us

Members of Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council (BLC) are a diverse group of volunteer child advocates in Greater Boston who are committed to supporting the work of Save the Children.  BLC was founded on the principle that local neighbors with a shared passion can come together to raise awareness for vulnerable and marginalized children in the United States and around the world.

Our Mission

The members of the BLC are committed to building a sense of community among Save the Children supporters in the Greater Boston area. Together, we are raising public awareness and growing an active network of local philanthropists.

Our Vision

The members of the BLC are united in their support of Save the Children’s mission for children, to transform their lives and the future we share. In the United States and around the world, Save the Children gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Current Year Events

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic around the world, Save the Children is mobilized and providing support with medical supplies and preparedness training. Save the Children is working around the clock to keep children healthy, safe and protected.

May 2020 Evite
Save the Children event in Lebanon
The Boston Leadership Council will launch our first Virtual Indoor Rowing Challenge Fundraiser in celebration of Save the Children's 100th Anniversary.

CELEBRATE The Future of Every Child 2020 will be a series of grassroots Your Way events in support of Save the Children.  We are excited to invite our Board and Supporters to host a virtual or small gathering between August 2020 - December 2020 to ENGAGE people in their circle. We hope this creates an opportunity for our BLC Community Members to follow their individual passion, engage and introduce their circle of friends to the work of Save the Children and appropriate modest fundraising during COVID-19 pandemic.

We are excited to empower any member of the BLC who would like to host a fundraising event this year for Save the Children with the information and tools they need to be successful. Please contact our BLC Chair, Tasneem Ghogawala at Tasneem@BLCSave.org if interested.

May 6, 2020 - COVID-19 & Gender Equality Webinar

We hosted a live, interactive webinar to dive deeply into unique challenges women and girls face during a pandemic and Save the Children's approach to a gender-informed pandemic response. What we know from previous pandemics is that gender inequality is not a side issue, and recognizing factors that can marginalize individuals in different demographic groups can save lives.

Our inspiring speakers from Save the Children included:

  • Carolyn Miles, Former CEO & President
  • Nora O’Connell, AVP, Policy & Advocacy
  • Yeva Avakyan, AVP, Gender Equality & Global Point for Gender COVID-19 Response

January 1 - 31, 2020 - Virtual Online Rowing Challenge

Learn more about ROW!4EveryLastChild on Facebook and GoFundMe

The BLC launched our first Virtual Indoor Rowing Challenge Fundraiser in celebration of Save the Children's 100th Anniversary. The Boston Leadership Council for Save the Children invited anyone with access to an indoor rowing machine to create a team or participate as an individual, sign up sponsors or donors to reach our goal to help children in crisis around the world!

For more information on upcoming events please contact:
Christine Samuel | Senior Director, Individual Philanthropy
CSamuel@savechildren.org | 475.999.3230 

Governance

The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.
The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.
The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.
The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee

Tasneem Ghogawala - Chair
Diane Bevan - Vice Chair
Lee Hornor - Chair, Program Committee
Larry Krakauer - Chair, Finance Committee
ML Krakauer - Chair, Fundraising Committee
Roberta Moore - Chair, Social Event Creative Planning Committee
Joe Ramrath - Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Sejal T. Srinivasan - Chair, Communications and Community Development Committee

Board Members

Amber Batata
Anna Byrne
Lindsay Duggan
Zoher Ghogawala
Soheil Hanjani
Khalda Hashash
Mahsa Khanbabai
Maureen Olsen
Al Sepehr
Goli Sepehr
Curt Tobey

Honorary Directors

Mohamed Akoad
Veronica De Greiff
Francesa Federico
Brian Konish
Connie Lueders
Sara Lombardi
Zehra Mooraj
Aneesh Singhal
Priya Singhal
Tracey Vainisi
Jen Warrell
Mamoon Yunus

Read more about our governance structure here.

Prior Events

Boston Leadership Council co-chairs at a fundraiser held at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.

Pictured above: Event Co-Chairs: ML Krakauer, Joe Ramrath and Roberta Moore

Samantha Power, left Former United Nations Ambassador receives the Refugee Advocate award from and Brad Irwin, right Save the Children Board Chair, at the Save the Children Boston Leadership Council’s Second Annual Gala on Friday, November 15, 2019, at the Harvard Club of Boston.

Pictured above: Ambassador Samantha Powers and Brad Irwin, Save the Children board chair 

The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.
The Boston Leadership Council held a fundraiser at the Harvard Club in Boston to support children in Lebanon.
Save the Children's mobile library program supports literacy in remote and rural areas.
A team in Lebanon are part of a mobile library run out of a van.
Young children participate in an activity as part of Save the Children's early childhood care and development programming.
A woman wearing a Save the Children branded shirt sits with a group of children in a circle.
Carolyn Miles with members of the Board of Trustees.
A woman wearing a Save the Children branded shirt sits with a group of children in a circle.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

November 15, 2019 - Harvard Club of Boston, Boston MA
2nd Annual 'Celebrate the Future of Every Child'
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was honored by Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council at their second annual gala held this evening. Ambassador Power was presented with the Refugee Advocate Award by Brad Irwin, Save the Children board chair and former president and CEO of Welch’s, for being a fearless advocate for human rights around the world.

Held at the Harvard Club of Boston and hosted by Audrey Asistio, NBC10 Boston & NECN Anchor/Reporter, the second annual gala, "Celebrate the Future of Every Child," raised more than $250,000 for the global humanitarian organization, which is celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2019. Funds raised will benefit Save the Children’s Return to Learning initiative, which aims to get refugee children back in school within 30 days of displacement, and Save the Children’s programs for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

In addition to honoring Ambassador Power, the evening included a presentation from five members of Save the Children's Boston Leadership Council who recently traveled to Lebanon. During their trip, Joe Ramrath and Zoher Ghogawala of Needham, Sejal Srinivasan of Wayland, Paige Hornor of Roslindale and Mahsa Khanbabai of North Easton personally witnessed the critical conditions of Syrian refugee families and the good works Save the Children is doing to help. The inaugural fundraising gala, held in November 2018, also raised over $250,000, which was used to purchase a mobile library van and free books for distribution to Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. The council members shared stories of refugee children's experiences and spoke about how the funds raised last year continue to help children in need.

Our partner, Bvlgari, Newbury Street “dressed” our presenters in exquisite jewelry and the evening included delectable Hors’ D’oeuvres, delicious dinner options, drinks and a signature cocktail, as well as musical entertainment by Jeri DiMarco Bergonzi. 

September 7, 2019 - Home of Khalda Hashash & Mohamed Akoad, Lexington MA
Global Refugee Crisis and Return to Learning Lunch
Sudanese Cultural Immersion Luncheon with speaker Maha Karahamad, a recently resettled Syrian refugee currently working with Save the Children’s Strategic Foundation Partnerships team.  Maha will speak of her personal journey and why educating refugee children is pivotal for their short-term wellbeing, and improved prospects for a brighter future.
Event Chair: Khalda Hashash

June 16 to June 21, 2019 - Lebanon
Field Trip to Visit Save the Children Programs in Lebanon
BLC and BYLC members will travel to Lebanon, where Save the Children has been responding to emergency and development needs since 1953. The group will be hosted by Allison Zelkowitz, Lebanon Country Director, and meet with program staff and community.
Field Trip Chair:  Joe Ramrath

May 9, 2019 - Bvlgari, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Commemorating Save the Children’s Centennial Anniversary
BVLGARI is hosting a cocktail party with BLC to celebrate Save the Children’s Centennial anniversary. Since beginning its unique partnership in 2009 with Save the Children, Bvlgari has raised over $85 million globally through sales of an iconic Save the Children jewelry collection. For 100 years, Save the Children has been doing whatever it takes for children in need.
Event Chair: Roberta Moore

January 2019 - Boston, MA
Boston Young Leaders Council
As co-chairs of Save the Children’s Boston Young Leader’s Council (BYLC), founding BLC members Becky Ramrath, Christy Moore and Paige Hornor came together to both kick off the new group. Their focus is to engage and inspire young adults to support the work of Save the Children through social media and events.

November 2018 - Downtown Harvard Club, Boston MA
Let’s Celebrate the Future of Every Child – An Event to benefit The Return to Learning Initiative
Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council raised over $250,000 which enabled the BLC to purchase a mobile library for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. The event was hosted by Tim Douglas, Assistant Director of academic advising at Emerson College, and co-hosted by WCVB-TV’s Janet Wu. The evening benefit featured renowned author, journalist and commentator Cokie Roberts of ABC News and NPR and highlighted Save the Children’s “Return to Learning” initiative. “Return to Learning,” a pillar of the global humanitarian organization’s 100th anniversary campaign. 

Event Co-Chairs:  Roberta Moore, ML Krakauer, and Tasneem Ghogawala

September 2018 - Roberta Moore’s Home, Dover MA
Girls Night In
Roberta Moore hosted a fun-filled evening with wine, food and shopping where guests learned about the work Save the Children is doing to support education for refugee children.  The night was a kick-off to BLC’s first large scale fundraiser, Let’s Celebrate the Future of Every Child – An Event to Benefit The Return to Learning Initiative.
Host: Roberta Moore

May 2018 - The Country Club, Chestnut Hill, MA
Awareness Raising Evening about ‘The Return to Learning Initiative’ 
BLC held an informational and inspiring program to learn about Save the Children’s Return to Learning initiative which aims to get refugee children back where they belong – in school within 30 days of displacement.  Experts included Dan Stoner, Save the Children’s Vice President for Education and Child Protection, Sara Hommel, Save the Children’s HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts) program Director and Maria Trozzi, M.Ed, Executive Director, Joanna’s Place.
Event Chairs: Diane Bevan and Larry Krakauer

February 2018 - Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley, MA
Children from Grades pre-K-2 gathered to hear joyful storytelling to instill a sense of empathy for children in other parts of the country and the world.  Participants created Valentine’s Day cards for some of our world’s most vulnerable children.
Event Chair: Tasneem Ghogawala

February 2018 - The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, MA
Every Child Deserves a Future
Save the Children’s BLC hosted a cocktail reception to build awareness around Save the Children’s work for children in the U.S. and around the world. and encourage our guests to join our efforts. This event raised $80,000 in support of Save the Children’s emergency relief efforts around the world. Special guest speakers were Gary Shaye, Associate Vice President of Save the Children and Jesse Hartness, Senior Director, Emergency Health and Nutrition International Programs, Save the Children.
Event Chair: Diane Bevan

Get Involved

Children playing and learning at a Save the Children reading club in  Mindanao, Philippines.

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For further information about the Boston Leadership Council (BLC) contact:

Tasneem Ghogawala | BLC Chair
Tasneem@BLCSave.org | 203.249.6765

Christine Samuel | Senior Director, Individual Philanthropy
CSamuel@savechildren.org | 475.999.3230 

Young Leaders Council of Boston

Young Leaders of the Boston Leadership Council.

The Young Leaders Council of Boston is a group of young adults supporting Save the Children. They are passionate about improving the lives of children across the globe by giving them education, health and equal opportunities. Their goal is to raise awareness about Save the Children’s work in 120 countries and provide fundraising to support their investment in the future of children.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paige Hornor
Christy Moore
Becky Ramrath

For more information, contact: youngleaderscouncilboston@gmail.com

Follow The Young Leaders Council of Boston on Facebook.

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