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Event Details

Celebrating 30 years of breast cancer prevention research and helping women and families live healthier lives! Meet Silent Spring’s new executive director, staff, and board members as we embark together on a new era in prevention research and innovation.

Tuesday, October 8, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Science, Boston

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The Program

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception, outside the Planetarium in The Red Wing

8:00 p.m. Program and Auction, The Red Wing Atrium

Hosted by ebullient influencer Katie Martell

Also featuring:

  • Conferral of The Rachel Carson Advocacy Award (recipient TBA)
  • Performance by Mistral, a premier New England chamber ensemble
  • Live auction with Jacqueline Tower-Perkins of Tower-Perkins Consulting, formerly of Sotheby’s

Formal cocktail attire


Katie Martell 

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Photo by Dana J. Quigley, DJQ Media LLC

Katie Martell has appeared on stages across the U.S. and internationally as an emcee, host, and speaker. She speaks and writes about the collision of marketing and social movements (aka woke-washing) and has been named "one of the most interesting people in B2B marketing."  Her two cents have appeared in places like the BBC, Adweek, CNBC, Forbes, WSJ, New York Times, and more. With 150,000 followers and subscribers, she shines a light on important narratives and believes Mary Oliver when she wrote, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."


Jacqueline Towers-Perkins

Jacqueline Towers-Perkins, AuctioneerJacqueline Towers-Perkins is an international auctioneer and fundraising consultant, serving non-profit institutions and holding auctions at high profile charity galas and benefit events in the United States and Europe. Her clients include international royalty from His Majesty King Charles to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, and she has shared the stage with leaders of finance, entertainment, tech, and politics. Over the years she has auctioneered to thousands of bidders and raised millions for charity. Alongside her independent auctioneer business, she previously held senior positions at top global auction houses including Sotheby’s New York and Bonhams Auctioneers, as a lead Auctioneer and Contemporary Art Specialist, most recently rising to the position of Vice President at the former.

Musical Guest


Mistral, musical guestMistral has been a jewel in the cultural landscape of the Greater Boston area since 1997.  With a five-concert series in Andover and Brookline, Mistral presents virtuosic, communicative artists in unique, far-ranging, thematic programs, from newly discovered gems to timeless masterpieces, with an irresistible combination of high spirits and serious music-making. Committed to invigorating old traditions with an ever-youthful zest, Mistral connects in a singular way with its audiences. 


Help us forge the future of Silent Spring Institute! The Gala Celebration is Silent Spring’s largest and most important fundraiser of our year. Help us to meet our ambitious $600,000 goal to advance research that is creating a safer world for all of us. Pledge your support or give now as an Individual or as a Corporate Sponsor:

For more information and for sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Rachel Sarvey at or 617.332.4288 x215.


We’re currently seeking items for the live and silent auctions. Auction sponsors receive acknowledgement on the Gala site and in auction materials on the day of the event. To donate an item, please fill out our online Auction Form.

Questions about the auction? Reach out to

Host Committee

Lisa Carey Moore and Justin Moore, Co-Chairs
Kristin Knox* and Thomas Knox, Co-Chairs
Jill and Michael Balmuth Cynthia Barakatt and Rich Bizzozero
Lisa Goodwin Robbins†‡ and Andrew Robbins
Margaret Kripke
Cynthia McKeown
Prachi Samudra and Ashish Chhabra
Cindy Shulak Rome and Dan Rome
Patti Stoll and Michael Gladstone
Beth Whelan

Board of Directors
Leadership Council

Interested in being part of the fundraising efforts behind the scenes of our gala? Reach out to Rachel Sarvey ( to inquire about participating in the Host Committee! Responsibilities are flexible and we meet once in May, July, and September.