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Biggest Champions of the Charles Yet

Posted by Alexandra Ash

11/9/17 10:09 AM

CRWA honored the Museum of Science at our Champions of the Charles gala on Thursday, November 2nd. The gala, held at the Museum of Science, raised funds to continue CRWA’s ongoing work monitoring and protecting the Charles River.

 Champions of the Charles


We honored the Museum of Science with the prestigious Champion of the Charles award for its dedication to science education and for establishing the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River.


Bob Zimmerman


Bob Zimmerman, CRWA's Executive Director, presented the 3D printed award to the Museum of Science. “CRWA’s Champion of the Charles award recognizes the Museum of Science for its commitment to excellent science education. The new Charles River gallery echoes CRWA’s approach to science and engineering and gives Museum visitors the chance to explore the Charles River through the eyes of a scientist or engineer,” said Bob Zimmerman. 


Ioannis Miaoulis

Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director, and Gwill E. York, Chair of the Board of Trustees accepted the award on behalf of the Museum. “The Museum of Science is honored to be recognized as the 2017 Champion of the Charles by the Charles River Watershed Association,” said Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director. “CRWA was an outstanding partner in helping our educators develop content in the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, and they are an invaluable resource in our community.”

More than 200 guests explored the Museum of Science and celebrated an evening of science while dining on incredible food and drink at the gala, the biggest Champions of the Charles to date. Janet Wu, TV journalist and adjunct professor at Emerson College, emceed the event. Dessert was served in the new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River as guests explored the exhibit and learned more about the Charles River. 

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Champions of the Charles


During the Fund-A-Cause portion of the evening, guests bid to help fund CRWA's field science, internships, blue cities and education programs. We deeply appreciate the generousity of everyone who donated. 

If you didn't get a chance to make a donation at the event, there's still time to give! Click one of the buttons below to use our secure PayPal system to make a contribution. No PayPal account? Look for the link in Paypal to pay with your debit or credit card. 





Thank You to our Generous Sponsors


Gold Champions

Steven and Alexi Conine
Andy and Linda McLane
Margot C. Pyle

  • Education First
  • Museum of Science

Silver Champions

Jay and Christy Cashman
Eaglemere Foundation/Sarles Family
Jeryl L. and Stephen M. Oristaglio
Robert and Lee Sproull
Gwill York and Paul Maeder

  • Boating in Boston
  • Head of the Charles Regatta

Bronze Champions

Dr. Hamid Benbrahim and Dr. Greta Meszoely
Eugene and Meredith Clapp
Becca Gould and Bob Lagoyda

Diane and Steve Hall
Pat King and Tom Powers 

  • Charles River Apparel
  • hc.jpg
  • Trunk Club

Team Champions

Robert Margo and Lee Breckenridge
Gordon Burnes and Suzie Tapson
John DeVillars
Laurie and Christopher Doyle
Henry Jao
Elizabeth Johnson
Virginia Lawrence
Brad and Sharon Malt
Alecia Manning

Tani Marinovich and Charles Kouyoumjian
Harland and Ann Riker
Grant Thomas-Lepore
Paul and Jennifer Walsh

  • Chestnut Hill Realty
  • CLF
  • Dewey Square Group
  • Horsley Witten
  • jetBlue
  • Linnean Solutions
  • MIT
  • crck.png
  • TAJ
  • The Village Bank

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About Charles River Watershed Association:

One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the last fifty years have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.