The Institute celebrated an annual rite of spring with its 6th annual Community Meeting and Fundraiser. The festive gathering — a hallmark of the Institute’s financial independence — brought together 75+ shareholders and friends along with new colleagues and supporters. The fundraising event capped-off a successful spring drive to underwrite the Institute’s international and local training and educational activities.
The speaking program, emceed by Christine Helm, featured a conversation with Institute director Lois Holzman, All Stars VP of Youth Programs, Pamela A. Lewis and tech educator, Jim Martinez on recent advances in social therapeutics. The audience was also treated to an improvised comedy skit with Institute pedagogue Carrie Lobman and Performance of a Lifetime funny man David Nackman, and a presentation by Kim Svoboda on the work of the Fred Newman Archives. An Institute initiative begun in January 2012, the archives project is assembling materials documenting the life and contributions of Institute co-founder Fred Newman.