Upcoming Events

The Breakthrough Gala

6 PM Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
The Cyclorama
539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

This year’s event is a chance to come together to celebrate Breakthrough’s expansion to serve high-need students and future educators in three cities.

We hope you will join us for a special evening!



For sponsorship opportunities, contact Elissa Spelman, Executive Director, at espelman@btgbmail.org

Thank You to our Hosts and Sponsors

Thank You to Our Food & Beverage Donors

Past Events

2017 Breakthrough Bash23-Sep-2017

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BTGB Associate Board Hosts 4th Annual 90s-Themed Trivia Night18-May-2017

Breakthrough Greater Boston's Associate Board hosted its 4th Annual "Get Schooled!" Trivia Night to benefit the Summer Program. To recognize Breakthrough's 25th anniversary, the theme of this year's event was the 90s! Teams of BTGB supporters tested their knowledge of pop culture, popular b...Continue Reading

A record-breaking $620,000+ raised at BTGB's 25th Anniversary Gala28-Apr-2017

Thanks to the support of more than 500 community members in attendance, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised over $620,000 at the 25th Anniversary Gala! This special evening reflected on Breakthrough's past 25 years, featured som...Continue Reading

9th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Gathers Community to Discuss Out-of-School Time Learning01-Dec-2016

9th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Gathers Community Leaders for Important Discussion on Out-of-School Time Learning On December 1, 2016, Breakthroughs in Education celebrated those that have worked to improve urban education and promote community awareness of educational equi...Continue Reading

A record-breaking $400K raised and more than 470 inspired at the 2016 Breakthrough Gala31-Mar-2016

Thanks to the support of the 470 community members in attendance, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised over $400,000 in contributions at the 8th Annual Breakthrough Gala! HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENING INCLUDED: CHECK OUT MORE PHOT...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Gathers Community for Engaging Conversation on STEAM Education with Congressman Kennedy03-Dec-2015

On December 4, over 160 of Greater Boston's educators, elected and school officials, and Breakthrough supporters gathered at Google for the 8th Annual Breakthroughs in Education, featuring an expert panel discussion on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Education mo...Continue Reading

$270K Raised and 430 Inspired at the 2015 Breakthrough Gala23-Apr-2015

Thanks to the support of over 430 individuals, Breakthrough Greater Boston raised more than $270,000 in contributions at the 2015 Breakthrough Gala. Breakthrough is excited to share that we surpassed the challenge issued by our longstanding partner, the Amelia Peabody Foundati...Continue Reading

2014 Breakthroughs in Education: An Effective Teacher in Every Classroom14-Jan-2015

(https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/BreakthroughGreaterBoston?uniqueID=634956726563520658) A photographic glimpse of the 7th Annual Breakthroughs in Education Guests enjoying a reception sponsored by State Street Corporation. Our spea...Continue Reading

More than $185,000 raised, nearly 300 in attendance at Breakthrough's Spring Gala.25-Apr-2014

Our Spring Gala was an energetic success! In addition to raising more than $185,000 and gathering nearly 300 supporters, we saw several other outstanding outcomes. (http://youtu.be/WklXgHARy30) (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/BreakthroughGreaterBoston) -----------------...Continue Reading

2013 Breakthroughs in Education Press Coverage06-Dec-2013

Press coverage of Breakthrough Greater Boston's sixth annual Breakthroughs in Education event featuring Dr. Pedro Noguera: Bay State Banner (http://baystatebanner.com/photos/2013/dec/11/52669/) Cambridge Chronicle (http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x919117777/Event-raises-100K-for-...Continue Reading

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On December 5, 2013, Breakthrough Greater Boston hosted the 6th Annual Breakthroughs in Education, an annual lecture series featuring experts working to improve urban education. This year's event, A Vision for Black Boys' Academic Success, featured distinguished speaker, Dr. Pedr...Continue Reading

Third Annual Can you Outrun a Nerd? 26-Sep-2013

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2013 Celebration Hosted in Boston and Cambridge23-Aug-2013

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Book Drive Happy Hour - 201325-Jun-2013

Hosted by Breakthrough Greater Boston's Associate Board (http://www.breakthroughcambridge.org/associate-board) and Porter Square Books (http://www.portersquarebooks.com/), all proceeds from the event supported the purchase of books for Breakthrough's college bound students. Brea...Continue Reading

Springfest '13 Raises $215,000 in Support of BTGB's College Access and Teacher Training Programs24-Apr-2013

MOAKLEY COURTHOUSE | APRIL 24, 2013 THANK YOU to the generous corporate sponsors, hosts, and individuals who made Springfest such a tremendous success. As a community we celebrated Breakthrough's innovative Students Teaching Students mode...Continue Reading

5th Annual Breakthroughs in Education03-Dec-2012

FEATURED SPEAKER: DR. MANDY SAVITZ-ROMER MONDAY DECEMBER 3, 2012 | 6:00-8:00PM HARVARD'S HISTORIC RADCLIFFE GYMNASIUM In collaboration with the national Breakthrough Collaborative (http://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/), we were excited to the fifth annual Breakthroughs in Education, a...Continue Reading

Breakthrough Supporters Rise to the Giving Common Challenge10-Oct-2012

Breakthrough Finishes in the Top 10 (https://givingcommon.s3.amazonaws.com/leaderboard.html)Among more than 500 participating Boston area organizations, Breakthrough finished 9th, rising as high as 4th throughout the Challenge. Remaining atop the leaderboard for the duration of the challenge ...Continue Reading

Can You Outrun a Nerd?16-Sep-2012

Can You Outrun a Nerd? (2nd Annual) A great success with more than $10,000 raised in support of improving urban education. Thank you! Sunday, September 16, 2012 | Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge, MA In collaboration with the research teams at State Street Associates, we offere...Continue Reading

Celebration 201209-Aug-2012

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20th Anniversary Gala18-Jul-2012

Thank you for your support! The Gala attracted over 500 participants and raised more than $300,000 for Breakthrough! Thursday April 12th, 2012 6pm-9pm The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge On April 12th, 2012, we celebrated our collective 20-year legacy with the people who make Breakthro...Continue Reading

Celebration 201110-Jan-2012

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Springfest 201101-Aug-2011

Springfest 2011 When: Thursday April 14th, 2011 6pm-8pm. Where: The Atrium at 100 Technology Square. Springfest 2011 raised over $100,000 for BTC's summer programs and drew more than 200 guests to this annual fundraising event, hosted again by Alexandria Real Estate in the soaring ...Continue Reading

Breakthroughs In Education - 201002-Dec-2010

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Celebration 201001-Aug-2010

Celebration, the culmination of our summer program, was an exciting display of students’ achievements after six intensive weeks of hard work. A poster session featuring work from every student and every class began at 6pm, followed by dynamic live performances and presentations starting a...Continue Reading

Celebration 200913-Aug-2009

The end-of-the-summer Celebration event held at M.I.T.’s Kresge Auditorium on August 13, 2009 was an amazing evening filled with student performances, genuine testimonials, and a wonderful display of student work from this summer at Breakthrough Cambridge....Continue Reading

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