Philanthropy, Festivities and Folk: The Stevens Family Foundation at ‘Home’.
Brian and Kathy Stevens have already started making huge differences in the lives of young superheroes, and the nonprofits who serve them tirelessly, all over the country. But they have a special love for New England – particularly Boston and its environs – and neither the biggest snowfalls nor doctor’s orders prevented the Foundation from reaching out to the nonprofits they support all winter long.
On December 2, Brian David Stevens traveled to Boston to cheer on The Worcester Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums as they participated in the annual tree lighting ceremony on Boston Common. The WFBP&D are a group of current and retired Rescue workers who regularly perform honor guard for their fallen brethren, and their charitable work and awareness extends deep into their both their local community as well as the community of fallen firefighters nationwide.
They were joined in Boston by the Union Fire Club Pipes and Drums of Halifax, Nova Scotia – and Brian, who attended the event while still recovering from a recent medical procedure which would have kept anyone else at home. But there was no way Brian was going to not be there lending support to those who have given, and continue to give, so tirelessly – in emergencies and in honor of fallen heroes, as well as in support of their families and members of the community with special needs beyond their reach.
The following month, on January 28th, the entire Stevens family and several Foundation members traveled in true superhero style to TD Garden to present a check to the Boston Bruins Foundation and the 100 Club of Massachusetts – bringing one of their Batmobiles along! It was part of the Bruins’ Second Annual First Responders Challenge, which proved to be a triumph.
Global Down Syndrome Ambassador Samantha Marcia Stevens had a great time with the Bruins Mascot, Blades, and everyone in attendance got a firsthand look at the iconic car so many remember from their childhood.
The Bruins Foundation – and the 100 Club in particular – provide financial and emotional care and support for the families of fallen police officers, firefighters and EMS workers in Massachusetts. The families of these fallen heroes often face financial hardship, not to mention the loss of a loved one and role model. The Stevens Family Foundation goes toward the 100 pubs efforts to provide scholarships, financial assistance and vocational guidance for these families, as well as opportunities for the children of the deceased to attend everything from sporting events to concerts and even summer camps.
Children who lose a parent in the line of duty face challenges most of us can never understand. The SFF is proud to support these very special superheroes, and well as the organizations that make sure they’re given every opportunity to thrive.
Throughout the entire winter, The SFF have been meeting with nonprofits throughout Boston – even though the seemingly endless snow made that work challenging. But no blizzard could stop the Foundation from their work – or play. And so, after one of the last blizzards of the year, founder Brian David Stevens joined other members of the SFF team – Photographer Stevie Crecilius, Consultant Anne Bobby and Designer Rebecca Caira – in Cambridge to surprise Trustee Richard Michaud at the Cantab Lounge for a bluegrass jam!
An accomplished mandolin and harmonica player, Richard was nothing short of amazing, as were his fellow musicians, and Rebecca and Anne – both singers – even joined in!
Over the next weeks, the next group of grant recipients will be announced. For now, the SFF looks back on a winter of great philanthropy, and looks forward to a spring meeting new superheroes.
(All Photos: Stevie Crecelius)