On November 7th Jim Halliday, Managing Director of NB Development Group and John Moriarty, President of John Moriarty & Associates, hosted 70 of Boston’s most influential real estate developers, industry executives, and public officials for a breakfast discussion on urban transformation and West End House’s impact on the community.
The event was held at Warrior Ice Arena—the new training and practicing facility of the Boston Bruins. Halliday and Moriarty each detailed the direct, positive influence of West End House on the community and shared their own personal experiences. Halliday currently serves on the West End House Building Committee, a group of board members and development experts who are spearheading West End House’s building 11,000 square foot renovation and expansion. Moriarty recently made a generous commitment to the Expect More Campaign, following New Balance Foundation’s major $3 million investment in West End House.
West End House CEO Andrea Howard shared details about the Expect More Campaign, including the tremendous growth in teens served which has been a major impetus for the Campaign. As a result of this growth, West End House has significantly increased its programming including a major commitment to college success and career development that will impact many teens and continue to influence our alumni.
West End House alumni including Oscar Lopez, Legislative Aide to State Rep. Kevin Honan, and Natalia Sabogal spoke about the opportunities that West End House provided to them, and the impact on their lives.
Currently a junior at UMass Boston studying to be a pediatric surgeon, she credits West End House for guiding her to success.
“I am the first person in my family to attend college and West End House is the reason why,” says Sabogal.
The event concluded with remarks from Bob Sweeney, Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation, and Rich Gotham, Team President of the Boston Celtics, who shared their excitement and commitment to becoming an integral part of the local community. They also shared a sneak preview of their team’s prospects for the current season and beyond.
Guests who stayed after the event were treated to the Boston Bruins team practice, which was open to the public.