Cancelled: Spring Inspiration Breakfast

April 30


Wellesley Country Club


300 Wellesley Ave
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Date & Time

Thursday, April 30th, 2020
8:30 - 11:00AM

Event Details

Join us in honoring local philanthropists of all ages who are doing truly inspirational work throughout our community! The Spring Inspiration Breakfast brings awareness to the needs in our region through initiatives and programs like Impact MetroWest and Youth and Philanthropy. We are committed to inspiring others to think and act locally to lift up our neighbors and our region, for a better MetroWest for all.

Given the requirement for social distancing, we have decided to cancel our Spring Inspiration Breakfast which had been scheduled for April 30th. At this event we had planned to honor Laurel Lyle, who has done so much for our community, including serving as Chair of the Fund for Wellesley. Our event Chairs, Beth and Alice Cook, have agreed to take on this role for the 2021 Spring Inspiration Breakfast, taking place on May 6, 2021. We look forward to recognizing the amazing work of Laurel at a future event.


Co-Chair Mother and Daughter:
Beth Cook, Community Advocate and Faculty Member UMass Amherst School of Public Health

Alice Cook, Youth in Philanthropy Junior Board Member, Wellesley High School

Laurel LyleLaurel Lyle is the Vice President of Development Operations and Fundraising Programs at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, where she has worked since 2007. She has been an active community volunteer and has held several leadership positions on nonprofit boards including President of the Eliot Montessori Board of Trustees, Chair of the Community Fund for Wellesley, Chair of the Walker Lives in Bloom Gala, and President of Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. At present, Laurel is Vice President of Wellesley Service League and serves on the boards of the Wellesley Free Library Foundation and Wellesley Friendly Aid. Laurel earned both her BA in Sociology and her MBA from the University of Chicago. She and her husband Steve live in Wellesley and have two sons.

Keynote Speaker:
Jessica Lahey HeadshotJessica Lahey writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for various outlets including The Atlantic, The Washington Post and the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence will be released in April of 2021.

2020 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award Winners
Itai Abraham, 12th Grade, Needham
Needham YIP ‘19
Mira Donaldson, 12th Grade, Framingham
Sudbury YIP ‘19
Tessa Renyi, 8th Grade, Concord
Nashoba Brooks YIP ’19, ‘20

Tickets are $150 and will be available on March 19th

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Ayla Walker for more information or download the Sponsorship Levels and Benefits.

Take a look at last year’s event album!

Guests who require special accommodations on the basis of a disability should contact Ayla Walker by 4.16.20 with specific requirements in order for us to make arrangements for assistance.


Event Committee

Kathleen Baum
Susan Elliott
Susanna Estella
Nila Gray
Coryn Hall
Elizabeth Holmes
Susan Kavoogian
Pam Lesser
Patty Levy
Patricia Schneider
Jessica Walter
Jennifer Tobasky
Wendy Paul

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