Community Vision hosted our 10th Annual Event on Thursday, May 9 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The theme of the event, “Artifacts: What Makes a Community Healthy?” celebrated the positive impact arts organizations have on the local community.

Research has shown that community focused arts organizations enhance the economic development within low-income communities and are a critical component to healthy neighborhoods, creating strong and vibrant communities. Arts organizations in low-income neighborhoods benefit the community by employing local residents, attracting customers to local businesses, providing opportunities for artistic expression and understanding that cross boundaries of race and class.

The event began with three separate salons featuring experts in the field of lending, consulting and training, and socially responsible investing, and the impact of the arts in community development. The soirée began shortly at the close of the salons, with over one-hundred guests enjoying a performance from the Destiny Arts dancers. The guests also had an opportunity to peruse the creations of local artists of Julian Dash, denim designer, and hand-painted clothing by Ivan Lopez.

Community Vision’s Community Impact Award honored three recipients for their work in the community; Sister Patricia Bruno for her social justice work over the years, Amy Cohen, Director of Neighborhood Business Development at the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, For her work in the Central Market, and Fumi Knox, for her legal work for nonprofits.

Community Vision also announced our first annual Financial Planner of the Year award winners. The first place award went to Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge Trust LLC, headquartered in Boston. Honorable Mention Awards went to Lincoln Pain, CFP, AIF, with Effective Assets in Berkeley, Fresh Pond Capital in Boston, and Hall Capital Partners LLC in San Francisco.

We thank everyone who came to celebrate our 10th Annual Event with us, and for the support you have shown us over the years.