Every year, the annual Heart of Gold luncheon celebrates our agency’s history, leaders, partners and neighbors. This year, we tried something different. We asked our audience – what does it mean to be HUMAN?
Belonging is deeply rooted in connection to the community, which starts with knowing each other’s stories. With what is happening in the world today, belonging is critical to understanding, and fighting for one another. We started HUMAN because we know that we are more connected than we think, and there’s a common thread weaved through our stories, no matter how different, or alike we are.
Made possible by our presenting sponsor, Chevron, we brought this concept to the forefront of our annual event. Attendees filtered into three different photo booths, taking group photos and their individual HUMAN portraits, to document and share their stories.
We shared stories from our neighbors in a theatrical setting, where individual stories were spotlighted. These tales highlighted a major belief we have about people – there is more that connects us than divides us.
Claudia Aguirre, our new President and CEO, shared her vision for the future and how BakerRipley will continue to help keep this region a welcoming place of opportunity for all.
We’ve asked our neighbors, we’ve asked our supporters, and now we ask you – what makes you human?
Visit www.BakerRipley.org/HUMAN to share your story about humanity, and encourage others to do the same. The more we talk, the more we can bring down walls and break down barriers that highlight our differences. It’s time we come together and acknowledge the only label that matters – HUMAN.
Special thanks to our event sponsors
Presenting Sponsor – Chevron
Applied Finish Systems
Polly & Murry Bowden / Jeri & Marc Shapiro
Heather & Mike Simpson / Mary Eliza and Park Shaper
Constellation, an Exelon Company
John P. McGovern Foundation