Boston Partners in Education honored several special guests including Keith Block, Vice Chairman, President and COO of Salesforce at the 12th Annual Big Cheese Reads Gala on April 11, 2016. The evening’s event brought together over 400 partners and raised over $652,000 for the program benefiting Boston’s public schools and 5% of the school system’s students.
The Big Cheese Reads introduces business, community, and cultural leaders (“Big Cheeses”) to middle school students in the Boston Public Schools through a one-time classroom visit. During this visit, “Big Cheeses” read to the students and share experiences that emphasize the vital role literacy plays in future achievement, particularly career success. Silverline is happy to support Boston Partners in Education, an organization that provides in-school volunteers to bring focused, individualized support for Boston’s public school students.
The evening kicked off with a welcome presentation by Bonnie St. John, Olympic Medalist & Author, Joseph C. Antonellis, Chairman of Boston Partners in Education, and Pamela Civins, Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education. The event also celebrated the James P. Timilty Middle school represented by Principal Renee McCall. John Durocher, a member of Boston Partners in Education’s Board and Executive Vice President, Customers for Life of Salesforce, introduced the evening’s honoree Keith Block, Vice Chairman, President and COO of Salesforce. The evening also included a show stopping performance by Regie Gibson, Poet & Educator with James P. Timilty Middle School students. The evening ended with a keynote address by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author.
“Silverline was excited to attend and support the Big Cheese Reads Gala,” says Gireesh Sonnad, CEO and co-founder at Silverline. “The goal of Big Cheese Reads resonates with our corporate philosophy of giving back. We look forward to seeing their growth and development throughout the Boston Public School system.”
“Boston Partners in Education is thrilled to welcome Silverline, a new partner and supporter of our Big Cheese Reads Initiative,” commented Pamela Civins, Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education. “We are honored to help Silverline’s leadership meet its commitment of giving back 1% to our community, especially our young people, and we can’t wait to have Silverline’s leadership and consultants share more about their work in technology with Boston’s middle school students.”