Franklin Cummings Institute holds annual gala

SOUTH END — Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology welcomed hundreds of supporters from the education, business, and philanthropy communities across Massachusetts to its landmark building for the college’s annual “Future Forward” fundraising gala. The event celebrated the school’s commitment to educational achievement for the school’s diverse student population, hands-on cutting-edge technical and trade programming, and a new chapter in the technical college’s history.

The Future Forward Gala, emceed by NBC10 News Anchor Latoyia Edwards, and raised more than $660,000 that will create endowed scholarships, allowing students to focus on learning the transformative skills and training that will put them on the pathway to fulfilling careers and prosperity.  The gala co-chairs included Anne Bailey-Berman, Barry Canton of Ginkgo Bioworks, and Paul Gudonis of Myomo, Inc. Presenting sponsors were Cambridge Savings Bank and Bancel Philanthropies, and the New Path sponsor was Arbella Insurance Group.

The evening included the presentation of the “Franklin Cummings Tech Equity Catalyst Award” to the New Commonwealth Fund. The award recognizes organizations and individuals introducing innovative ways to create and build equity in Boston’s communities. The New Commonwealth Fund received the Equity Catalyst Award for its work in addressing systemic racism and racial inequality while fostering inclusion, representation, and opportunity for Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities in Massachusetts.

Guests were able to interact with demonstrations of the college’s hands-on educational programming in renewable energy, opticianry, and building automation systems.

Gifts to Franklin Cummings Tech provide critical support for students, faculty, innovation, and programs. Those wanting to support the college can visit

All photos by Bill Brett and Tim Correira Photography.

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