Gala for Prevention
The deadline to RSVP for in-person or to host a party has passed but we would still love you to ATTEND our VIRTUAL EVENT and SUPPORT our MISSION!

Join us for our LIVE Broadcast Event. Registration is free and open to the public, but you need to register to receive the event link.

You can review our auction items and place your bids here.
Silent Spring Institute’s Gala for Prevention is our largest fundraiser, supporting the Institute's vital mission to prevent breast cancer while bringing together the voices of individuals who have been impacted by this devastating disease. This year, our event will raise funds to support our pioneering community-based research, in which we partner with communities to answer critical questions about the environments where they live, work, and play. This innovative approach is also an effective strategy for improving science and health literacy, translating our research into better public health.

Join us in-person at our Gala for Prevention, or host a House Party and watch the live-streamed event with a small group of friends. Receive a specially delivered “Party in a Box” that includes a gourmet meal by MAX Ultimate Food with fine wines and/or the makings for a signature cocktail, thanks to Tito’s Vodka. The event will feature a keynote address by internationally renowned leader in environmental health, Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP along with other celebrity guests. Gala for Prevention will honor Attorney General Maura Healey with the Rachel Carson Advocacy Award. Gala for Prevention promises to be a wonderful, passion-filled, interactive experience whether you attend in-person, or virtually.

The event begins with a Cocktail Reception with our returning hosts from GBH’s Boston Public Radio, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan and live entertainment by Session Americana. You will be able to interact with House Parties and our in-person audience before the exciting program begins. There will be a live auction with exclusive items and entertainment. More than 400 guests are expected to attend this highly-anticipated annual event. Silent Spring continues to be the only independent research institute whose mission is to uncover the environmental causes of breast cancer. Your generous tax-deductible gifts are vital to the continuation of our research. —JOIN US.

Questions? Feel free to contact Rachel Sarvey (617-332-4288 x 215) or AJ Williams (617-267-2244).

A Live-Broadcast "Hybrid" Event In Person or In Your Home
Date & Time
October 5, 2021
6:30 PM ET
6:00 PM
In-Person Studio Event Begins
Please note, event starts earlier in-person.
6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception
Grab your wines, a bite to eat, and interact with House Parties and our in-person audience during our 30-minute Cocktail Reception with our returning hosts from GBH's Boston Public Radio, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Entertainment by Session Americana.
7:00 PM
Gala for Prevention Program
Join us for the Gala for Prevention program featuring a keynote address by internationally renowned leader in environmental health, Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP along with other celebrity guests, as well as an Awards Presentation and exciting Live Auction.
8:00 PM
Post Party
Grab a refill and enjoy our Live Entertainment by Session Americana.
Silent Spring Institute is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our community, many of whom are at increased risk for serious illness. All Gala for Prevention in-person guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 21, 14 days prior to the event. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required. An email with instructions for submitting your vaccination card will be sent to all guests planning to attend the event in the studio. In addition, masks are required at all times while not eating or drinking.
Gala for Prevention Hosts
Jim Braude
Jim Braude is the host of Greater Boston and co-host of Boston Public Radio. He has worked with co-host Margery Eagan for 20+ years, first doing a TV show together at NECN then a radio show at WTKK. The duo came to WGBH in 2013.

He started his professional career as a legal services lawyer in the South Bronx handling housing and prisoners’ rights cases. He was the founder and first president of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers. He then served as the executive director of TEAM, the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts. He published Otherwise, a magazine on American politics, and then served as a Cambridge City Councilor. Jim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University’s Law School.
Margery Eagan
With Jim Braude, Margery Eagan has co-hosted Boston Public Radio on GBH since 2013 and began her radio career in 1999 at WTKK, formerly a commercial talk radio station.

Eagan has also worked as a columnist for The Boston Globe, where she was honored for the best religious commentary in American Journalism. She has also worked for The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, New England Cable News, The Standard Times of New Bedford and her hometown newspaper, The Fall River Herald News. Eagan grew up in Fall River, was graduated from Durfee High School there, attended Smith College and was graduated from Stanford University. She has three grown children and lives in Brookline.
Keynote Speaker
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP 
Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP is Jim G. Hendrick, MD Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, where he directs the NYU Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards.  His research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively.  He is perhaps best known for a series of studies published in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism that document disease costs due to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the US and Europe of $340 billion and €163 billion annually, respectively. Dr. Trasande leads one of 31 centers across the country as part of the National Institute of Health’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes program.

He has served as a member of numerous scientific committees and expert panels, including: the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Executive Committee of the Council for Environmental Health; the Science and Technical Advisory Committee for the World Trade Center Health Program; the National Children’s Study Methodological Review Panel of the National Academy of Sciences; the United Nations Environment Programme Steering Committee on a Global Outlook for Chemicals; and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After receiving his bachelor, medical and public policy degrees from Harvard, he completed the Boston Combined Residency in Pediatrics and a legislative fellowship in the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Rachel Carson Advocacy Awardee
Attorney General Maura Healey
Maura Healey is currently in her second term as Massachusetts Attorney General, continuing a career spent fighting for justice and equal rights by serving as the “People’s Lawyer.”

As Attorney General, Maura has focused on confronting the devastating opioid epidemic, reducing gun violence, enforcing civil rights, protecting consumers, and addressing the climate crisis. She has also championed access to health care and reproductive freedom.

Prior to starting her career in public service, Maura was a business and commercial litigator at WilmerHale LLP. She also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. In 2007, she joined the Attorney General’s Office as Chief of the Civil Rights Division and later became Chief of the Public Protection and Business and Labor Bureaus. During this time, she served as lead counsel in the country’s first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act.

Maura is a graduate of Harvard College, after which she spent two years overseas as a starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Europe. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Thank you to our individual sponsors!
Kristine Arena
Lawrence Bailis* and Susan Shevitz
Jill+ and Michael Balmuth
Cynthia Barakatt+ and Richard Bizzozero
Sarah and David Barnes
Pamela and Robert Beck
Joan and Steve Belkin
Julia* and Dan Brody
Ellen+ and Richard Calmas
The Chasin Family+
Maura and Paul Copeland
Cathy and Harvey Cotton
Sarah* and Stuart DeVan
Estelle Disch | Phototransformations
Lois Dodson
Dunagan Foundation
Sherri Ades Falchuk and Kenneth R. Falchuk
Andrea Ferrara
Carolyn Fine Friedman+
Kathie Florsheim+
Cheri Fox
Joan Gardner
Jen* and Frank Gorke

*Silent Spring Institute Board of Directors
+Silent Spring Institute Leadership Council
Bruce and Rechelle Gordon
Polly Hoppin and Robert Thomas, Jr.
Amy+ and Joel Janovsky
Adrienne Kols and John Boronow
Margaret Kripke*
Elsie Levin, MD
Georgia McGaughey* and Anthony Nicholls
Jeanne Mockard* and Valerie Webdell
Joseph Muise
Roberta Pasternack
Robin and Bruce Polishook
Cathie Ragovin* and Derek Polonsky
Lisa Goodwin Robbins* and Andrew Robbins
Prachi Samudra* and Ashish Chhabra
Marilyn+ and Jay Sarles
Rachel Sarvey and Catie Curtis
Amanda & Lou Shipley
Cindy Shulak-Rome* & Dan Rome
James and Susan Snider
Robin and Richard Stein
Patti Stoll* & Michael Gladstone
Belinda Termeer+
Deanna and Sidney Wolk

Thank you to our corporate sponsors!
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