Our dear friend, Nigel Savage, founder and Executive Director of Hazon, will be one of the special guests at the JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, signature fundraising event, Matters of Taste - on Sunday evening March 29.
The invitation from last year (held in the Fall of 2007) shows you the format if you are not familiar with the event, which is nationally recognised and always sold out. Nigel will be speaking in our home about the new Jewish food movement, and you have the opportunity to for priority seating with an advanced sponsorship gift to JCDS. The event raises money towards the JCDS Financial Aid program which this year allocated over $800,000 to over 50% of our students.
There is a week left if you would like to be listed as a sponsor in one of the following categories in our Matters of Taste invitation. If you are interested in being listed by category, please contact Royster Hedgepeth at RoysterH@jcdsboston.org, or Brian Fox at BrianF@jcdsboston.org, or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 617-972-1733 x213. Sponsors who make commitments after January 16 will be included in the Matters of Taste program and recognized in all subsequent literature.
$54,000 – Principal Sponsor (incl 12 tix & priority seating)
$36,000 – Sustaining Sponsor (incl 10 tix & priority seating)
$18,000 – Restaurateur (incl 8 tix & priority seating)
$10,000 – Executive Chef (incl 6 tix & priority seating)
$5,400 – Sommelier (incl 4 tix & priority seating)
Tickets at a more down-to-earth price will be available in a few weeks.
So now you know about the three courses (a great vegetarian three-course meal), and two of the causes are also obvious (JCDS and Hazon).
The third cause, not to be featured that night, but worth your attention today, is a reprint from a MassBike action alert today aimed at my local readers:
CALL TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BICYCLIST SAFETY BILL!
This important bill will improve the safety of bicyclists throughout the Commonwealth [of Massachusetts], but we need your help right now, today. The bill (S. 2573) has been passed by both houses of the Legislature, and is now waiting for Governor Patrick's signature. While we hope the Governor will sign the bill, he could veto it or simply take no action and it will die. So we are taking action to encourage him to sign it!
Rep. Kay Khan is circulating a letter this morning to the entire Legislature, asking every senator and representative to sign the letter urging the Governor to sign the bill. Rep. Khan will deliver this letter to the Governor later today. We need you to call your senator and representative right now and ask them to sign onto the letter.
The key provisions of the bill are: police training on bicycle law; clarification of how to safely pass a bicycle; clarification of how to safely make turns in front of bicycles; “dooring” subject to ticket and fine; riding two abreast permitted when it does not impede cars from passing; improved enforcement of bicycle law for both motorists and bicyclists; and additional legal protections for bicyclists who choose to ride to the right of other traffic. The full text of the bill can be found here. For more details about the bill, including links to the affected statutes, see our previous Action Alert.
Here is what you should do:
1. Call your State Senator and ask him or her to sign onto Rep. Khan's letter urging the Governor to sign S. 2573, the Bicyclist Safety Bill. You should say that the bill will help get more people bicycling, which will protect the environment, make us healthier, promote more affordable transportation options, and improve our quality of life.
2. Call your State Representative and ask him or her to sign onto Rep. Khan's letter urging the Governor to sign S. 2573, the Bicyclist Safety Bill. You should say that the bill will help get more people bicycling, which will protect the environment, make us healthier, promote more affordable transportation options, and improve our quality of life.
We need as many legislators as possible to sign onto this letter, and it must happen in the next few hours, so please make your calls right now!
Click here to find your State Representative (called “Rep in General Court”) and your State Senator (called "Senate in General Court"), then click on their names to get phone numbers.