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4th Annual Gala

Communities United, Inc. presents

Designing Dreams for Children

Imagination, Innovation and Motion

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4th Annual Gala & Awards Celebration

Saturday, September 7, 2019

6:30 PM-10:00 PM

Boston's Seaport District

12 Channel St, Suite 802
Boston, MA 02210

Live Entertainment


& Dancing

Silent Auction

Silent Auction

Live Auction

Live Auction

Hosted by WCVB's

Ed Harding

Gourmet Food

Hors d'oeuvres

& Drinks

Our sincere gratitude to all generous sponsors, donors, & volunteers for making this event a huge success!
Your generosity will help us achieve our mission to ensure the success of the child, empower the family and strengthen the community.
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After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Bob decided to travel across the U.S. and work in Europe for two years instead of attending college, a decision he still regards as one of the most rewarding he’s ever made. Working at a young age at a golf course, then a rent-a-car business, and finally in several restaurants, Bob honed his expertise in customer service. After entering the construction industry as a carpenter in the early 1980s, Bob quickly rose through the ranks and ultimately founded BEEM Construction in 1987 and then merged his company and became the head of the growing FBN team in 1995. FBN has grown to become one of the preeminent General Contractors in the Greater Boston Area, specializing in custom, luxury building and remodeling.


Bob is proud that the success of FBN has allowed him to support many charitable organizations, the most important of which is of course CUI. He marvels at the important work that they do and considers their mission of paramount importance. In addition, he supports regularly; The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Fund, The Ellie Fund, Big Sisters of Massachusetts, Families First, and others. He participated in the two-day Pan Mass Challenge for the last 12 years in support of The Dana Farber Hospital in Boston.


He enjoys FBN’s fun, collaborative atmosphere and heading a team that is incredibly easy-going about pretty much everything except customer service. Bob tries to ensure that every client trusts that he and his team always have their best interests at heart. The best part of his job is proving daily that nice guys don’t always finish last.


Bob is happiest spending time with his wife Sylvia and his family, daughter Jess and son Bobby. An avid golfer, beach and water lover, he makes sure to get his fair share of that in every year as well.

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Bob Ernst, President

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How You Can Support The Innovation Challenge 2019

Twist & Shout - $10,000

Full page ad in the program book & advertising at the gala

Logo featured prominently on website for one year and on invitations and event materials

Ten complimentary gala tickets to event

Full-Swing Jitterbug - $5,000

1/2 page ad in the program book & advertising at the gala

Logo featured on website for six months and on invitations and event materials

Eight complimentary gala tickets to event

Dynamic Disco - $2,500

1/2 page ad in the program book & advertising at the gala

Logo featured on website for six months and on invitations and event materials

Six complimentary gala tickets to event

Twirling Tango - $1,000

1/4 page ad in the program book & advertising at the gala

Logo featured on website for three months and on invitations and event materials

Four complimentary gala tickets to event

Spinning Salsa - $500

Two complimentary gala tickets to event

All $500+ Sponsors receive program logo and recognition on our social media sites

How to Support

The Volunteer Challenge

Join a team or bring a group of co-workers to volunteer during an event for children and families of CUI Creative Start Children’s Centers.


a favorite Dr. Seuss book to an eager group of preschool friends


your heart out to a new song

Lead a Rockin’ Rendition of the


Channel your
inner Creativity

Why Support?

Your contribution makes a profound impact


Join other Boston community supporters, and enable our children to experience enhanced programming. Our students face many challenges that come with living at or below the poverty level. CUI gives students an opportunity that every child deserves.

To become an event sponsor, please contact

Terri Natale

Executive Director

Sylvia Dandrata

Director of Education & Child Development

Event Committee Members:

Mauria Atzil, Communities United, Inc.

Harry Carey, Biogen Inc.

Molly DeJohn, Broadcom

Steven Favreau, Favreaulous Factory

Matthew St. Germaine, Bank of America

Tracy Soehle, Affiliated Managers Group

Meet Our Leadership

Executive Director: Terri Natale

Board of Directors:

Harry Carey (Chairperson)

Biogen Inc.

Maa-Ablah Apo (Treasurer)

CBIZ Tofias


Helene Forte (Clerk)

Elizabeth Ching

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Retired

Molly DeJohn



Janet Fogel

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Retired


Jack Myers

LukeJackson Benefit Solutions


Matthew St. Germaine

Bank of America

Advisory Board:

Gretchen Bravacos

Wellesley Public Schools, Retired

John Caldwell 
Paradigm Properties

Amy McCallen
Rubin and Rudman LLP

Sara Kahana
Early Intervention

2019 Innovation Gala Sponsors 

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Natale Company & SafetyCare

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The Dandrata Family

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Fogel & Schlegel Family
KCM Contracting 
Crowley Painting
Sally & David Patrick 
The Alperin Family
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