On October 10, The Possible Project was joined by nearly 380 of its closest champions, volunteers, friends and sponsors for The Possible Project’s 5th Annual Powering Possibilities Gala. Each year, we welcome our friends to join us in celebration of our vision, that all students should be given the opportunity to climb the stairway of possibilities regardless of their socioeconomic background. We are excited to share that we were able to raise $500,000 this year to help us continue making that vision a reality. The night began with a display of six student businesses—ranging from cards made of seed paper to all-natural face masks geared towards males—each unique and innovative in their own way. Upon arrival, the guests were welcomed by the entrepreneurs, introduced by the student CEOs to each individual product, and were given the opportunity to invest their ‘TPP bucks’ in the business of their choosing.
Students and alumni continued to share their inspirational stories about their experience with The Possible Project throughout the night. Former Governor Deval Patrick also shared his story via video, highlighting his own experiences growing up in Chicago and the impact that a program like ours has the potential to make on a community. The Possible Project alums, Bouchra Benghomari and Sandro Lafontant each spoke to our guests about how The Possible bolstered their senses of resiliency, self-confidence and hope. Also addressing the audience was Edward Tepper, our 2017 recipient of the inaugural Powering Possibilities Ambassador Award. Throughout his time with The Possible Project, Edward, who is the Supply Chain Manager at XLHybrids, has completely immersed himself in our programs and serves as both a mentor and a champion.
The night was not only a celebration of our students, but also of our community partners in Cambridge and Boston who are an integral part of their education and development. Our keynote speaker, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools Tommy Chang, spoke about the continued partnership between BPS and The Possible Project. He recognized our innovative learning approach as a model for what advanced learning curriculums should look like, as well as the impact that it is having in Boston schools. We were happy to celebrate this approach with the Superintendent as we continue to develop our programs and partnerships in Boston, Cambridge and beyond.
A huge thank you to everyone who invested their time and generosity in Powering Possibilities 2017. Friends and partners like all of you are what makes The Possible Project so effective in our communities and in the lives of each individual student. We appreciate all that you do to help place our students on a pathway to success.