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October wrap-up

By October 31, 2019January 6th, 2020Monthly Recap

We may be the only people in the town who could plan a Halloween party before we could plan a Halloween costume. We’re likely to show up to your Halloween party in a Conventures shirt and with a roll of tape, extra batteries, a clipboard, 15 zip-ties, and some Velcro. You know, all the essentials for a good time. But, we’ll be there.

In fact, we were everywhere in October, lending our expertise and support to both local fundraisers and international conferences.

Cabo Verde Investment Forum

As we flipped the calendar into October, we brought together international partners, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, and financial executives interested in Cabo Verde and the growing opportunities it offers. The Conventures team was entrusted with the Cabo Verde Investment Forum, hosted by Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva on September 29 and October 1 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. We packed thousands of details together to produce an efficient and effective couple of days and are proud to support the growth of Cabo Verde!

Autism Speaks Walk

When passionate people unify their support for a noble cause, the makings for a memorable event are in place. We teamed up with Autism Speaks and gathered nearly 3,000 walkers at Boston Common for its annual Autism Speaks Walk on October 6. Our team helped coordinate event management details and logistics for the Walk and its programming, which raised more than $400,000 to improve the lives of people living with autism. It’s a powerful day driven by devoted people, and we are delighted to lend our support.

Museum of Science Sci-K Fun Run

It was a double-header for Conventures on that sunny Sunday in early October. We worked with our friends at the Museum of Science to launch a science-themed 5K fun run along the Charles River Esplanade. The inaugural Sci-K Fun Run brought hundreds of costume-clad science lovers to Fiedler Field for the 3.14159-mile jaunt (that’s Pi, people, but you knew that). The run was topped off with a great lineup of finisher items, an impressive costume contest, and recognition for the event’s top fundraisers whose contribution to the museums ongoing mission of making enriching scientific discovery more accessible to everyone.

Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Awards

We brought our software, solutions, suits, and smiles to the Seaport Hotel for the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service Awards, where ten individuals were honored for their dedication and public service to the city. Congratulations to all of the hard-working and deserving recipients!

Reebok Boston 10K for Women

Thousands of women from across the country returned to Boston Common on Columbus Day for the 43rd running of this all-women’s race, which again united runners of all ages in a day of speed, strength, and solidarity. With free classes and workouts enjoyed by mothers and daughters alike, and kids of all abilities taking part in The Play Brigade’s inclusive fun run and the BOKStacle Course sponsored by Reebok’s BOKS Program, energy was sky high on a beautiful day. Rhode Island’s Molly Huddle furthered her position as one of the greatest American distance runners of all time by winning her fifth Reebok Boston 10K for Women title, and at least ten women who’ve run every race since 1977 kept their streaks alive.

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A Better City’s Norman B. Leventhal Awards

Fresh off the Boston Common, we helped our friends at A Better City host their annual Norman B. Leventhal Awards at the Boston Harbor Hotel on October 15. In memory of A Better City’s founder Norman B. Leventhal, Joe Albanese, L. Rafael Reif and the MIT Sustainability Team, Rosemarie E. Sansone, and Ambassador Raymond Flynn were recognized for their great contributions to Boston’s transportation, land development, and the environment.

Congratulations (and thank you!) to these well-deserving recipients!

National Grid 2019 Energy Solutions Summit

Conventures suited up and headed to Gillette Stadium to help execute the National Grid 2019 Energy Solutions Summit on October 17. This annual event featured new product exhibits, keynote speakers, and innovation in all directions. With more than fifty sponsors and exhibitors, the event showcased the future of energy usage to some of the best and brightest minds in the energy industry.

Photo by Ecast Productions

Light the Night Boston and Providence

Autumn has returned to Boston Common and with it came the powerful Light the Night Walk and commemoration. Nearly 5,000 walkers gathered on October 17 to celebrate, remember, and support those in our communities who have been touched by cancer and to help fuel vital research in the pursuit to one day defeat cancer. Ten days later on October 27, our team headed to Rhode Island for the Providence edition of Light the Night. More than 300 people united at the Rhode Island House of Representatives to provide hope, philanthropy, and inspiration for those impacted by this disease.

Boston Irish Honors Luncheon

Boston Irish’s annual luncheon on October 18 was a recognition of exemplary individuals and their families who share a heritage in Boston and Ireland. Conventures organized each detail of the event from timelines to table-settings, and Bostonians James M. Carmody, John and Kathleen Drew, and Grace Cotter Regan were all honored for their special achievements in public service, business, philanthropy, and community leadership.

Photo courtesy of Boston Irish

Forest Summit: Global Action and Armenia

Our team has advised and guided our friends at Armenia Tree Project (ATP) in the organization and planning of their inaugural Forest Summit: Global Action and Armenia, which gathered more than 350 of the world’s best minds in forestry and climate change from 12 countries in Yerevan, Armenia from October 20–23. Speakers from five continents, including Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, brought innovative thoughts and key learnings on the role of forests in national economies, and how planting the right trees in the right places can support communities and bolster ecosystems.

The conference underscored the urgency of the climate change crisis, and the role forests play in the fight against it. Forests help to sequester carbon dioxide, purify water, and expand habitat for entire ecosystems. In addition to a wide variety of speaker sessions, attendees participated in field visits to forestry sites, visited tree nurseries, and enjoyed networking events on the sidelines of the conference, and visited some of Armenia’s most prominent tourist sites.

The New England Council New Englander of the Year Awards

In its annual celebration of hard work and excellence, The New England Council recognized some of the region’s most impactful people at its New Englander of the Year Awards on October 21. The Conventures team assisted with registration, event management, show flow, decor, and logistics. With more than 1,200 attendees, Governor Charlie Baker welcomed the crowd and introduced the evening’s first honoree, MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall. CBS News correspondent and Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, and Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy were also honored and delivered remarks to a full house at the Seaport World Trade Center.

St. Francis House All the Way Home Gala

We provided our registration services to St. Francis House for its All the Way Home Gala on October 23. More than 400 people came to support St. Francis House, an organization that rebuilds lives for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. Located in the heart of downtown Boston, St. Francis House serves an average of 500 poor and homeless men and women per day, 365 days a year. The event is one of the organization’s most impactful gatherings, and we’re very happy to support their good work.

Photo courtesy of St. Francis House

Adopt-A-Student Foundation Annual Dinner

For more than a decade, our team has helped with the execution, registration, and management of the Adopt-A-Student Foundation’s Partnership for Success Dinner, which raises money for student scholarships for students at Boston’s Cathedral High School. The money raised for scholarships at the school provides 100% of its students access to a transformative education. For 16 consecutive years, 100% of Cathedral’s seniors have graduated and gone to college. President and Founder of Connelly Partners, Steve Connelly, was honored at the October 24 event for his hard work and dedication to the school’s success. We’re pleased to be behind a cause that ensures no student is turned away from education.

Mercantile Center Annual Tenant Halloween Celebration

To celebrate Halloween, Conventures traveled west to Mercantile Center in Worcester for the Annual Tenant Halloween Celebration and first Annual Pumpkin Pageant on October 31. We were proud to help plan this Halloween celebration which featured themed drinks and treats, costume contests, prize giveaways, and a competitive pumpkin pageant!